Allen O’Bannon has been working in the cold for over 25 years and has been teaching about avalanches almost as long. A NOLS winter instructor since 1988, Allen has honed his educational skills and has taught at all levels (avalanche awareness courses through level 3). He has worked as a guide and avalanche educator for Exum, American Avalanche Institute and Yostmark Backcountry Ski Tours. Allen has also spent 5 seasons in Antarctica doing safety trainings and guiding National Science Foundation research groups and was the Field Risk Manager for Polar Field Services. He is the author of 4 books (the Allen and Mike Really Cool series) on camping and skiing.