Fay Johnson first became interested in avalanche in 1975 when she spent a winter working at Alyeska Ski Area in Girdwood Alaska. Her newfound interest prompted her to enroll in the Earth Science program at Montana State University where she studied snow and avalanche processes under the tutelage of John (Doc) Montagne. Fay started on the Bridger Bowl ski patrol in 1983. She patrolled at Bridger for the next 28 seasons, including 5 years as the Assistant Patrol Director and 14 years as the Patrol Director. Fay has a strong background in outdoor education, having taught for Pacific Crest Outward Bound for 10 years. She has been a wilderness first aid instructor for 23 years, working for Wilderness Medical Associates, where she currently in charge of quality assurance and instructor development.