Sam Kieckhefer

Sam Kieckhefer

Born and raised in Northern California, Sam began exploring the Sierra and developed a love for the mountains at a young age. Since 2018, Sam has worked as an avalanche course instructor and ski guide with Alpenglow Expeditions in Lake Tahoe, and is excited to bring his passion for the mountains and snow to AAI. … Read more

Chrissie Oken

woman skinning with amazing ski lines in the background

Chrissie is originally from North Carolina. After college on the east coast, she moved to Colorado and started working in outdoor education in 2010. Weaving together winters in Colorado and the Tetons with summers in Alaska, Chrissie has worked as an EMT, a ski patroller at Vail, and for NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School) … Read more

Will Stubblefield

Will Stubb

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee; mountains and rivers called Will to the West. He has been following a path blending education and recreation for the last 10 years. Guiding on whitewater rivers in the summer and in snowy ranges in the winter. Teaching in the classroom or field, he empowers others with skills to … Read more

Mike Soucy

Mike Soucy

Mike has called Colorado home since he arrived for college. After stints in various small ski towns throughout the state and a guiding career sparked by ten years teaching with Outward Bound in Colorado, he has settled down in the Boulder area as a full time IFMGA certified guide. Mike loves to ski and he … Read more

Katie Oram

Katie has worked in the outdoor industry since 2013 as an instructor for NOLS and an ACMG rock climbing guide. She loves to ski, climb, and run in the mountains near her home in Lander, Wyoming. She has been an avalanche educator since 2014 and loves sharing her passion for backcountry skiing with others.

Jen Reddy

Jen Reddy

Jen Reddy is a Jackson-based illustrator, avalanche educator, and member of Teton County Search and Rescue. In the late 1990s, Jen traded her 210’s and downhill suit for a pair of fat skis and a down jacket and never looked back. Her (mis)adventures on snow, rock, and dirt have shaped her teaching and art, which … Read more

Hannah Marshall


Hannah found backcountry skiing as a teenager in New Hampshire. Once she mastered skiing ice and river beds she began to chase snowy landscapes across the west, and hasn’t looked back. Hannah has a strong background in education, and is excited to contribute her teaching experience and love of skiing to AAI.  When she’s not … Read more

Levi Pendleton

Snowmobile wheely in the powder

A paddler, skier, climber, mountain biker, paraglider and all things motorsports, Levi works as the coordinator for the outdoor program at Southern Utah University. Prior to working in higher education, he spent various seasons river guiding and ski patrolling. When he is not working, he enjoys learning new outdoor activities and continuing to pursue time … Read more

Erme Catino

Erme Catino

Erme Catino is a skier and freelance writer based in Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT. He has a M.S. in Environmental Studies and has worked in various roles within the ski industry –  including running PR for brands, contributing to various ski publications, and was a correspondent for Powder Magazine for eight years. He’s typically walking … Read more

Andy Nassetta

Andy Nassetta

Andy works as the Education Program Manager at the Utah Avalanche Center and takes care of the on-snow education courses, as well as basic awareness programs such as Know Before You Go. Via skis, sled, or both, he likes to spend his free time in the Western Uintas Mountains of Utah assisting the forecast team and interfacing with … Read more

Chris Cawley

Chris grew up in New Hampshire, where he learned to ski and found a love of the mountains. Chris went to college in Colorado before moving to Alta, Utah for a winter in 2005 and he’s worked in Alta every winter since then. Chris has been an Alta ski patroller since 2008 and he also … Read more

Caitie Quinn

Originally from Maine, Caitie or “CQ”, is generally excited. She’s on a lifelong quest to be a morning person and enjoys early mornings in the snow, and especially early mornings in the snow on skis. CQ instructs rec courses, professional courses, and is also the AAI Staffing Manager. When she is not working, CQ can … Read more

Pat Lambrose

Pat Lambrose is an avid backcountry skier who began exploring Wasatch trails in the winter of 1973/74. She is from Salt Lake City and Park City. Even though the UAC wasn’t official until the 1980/1981 winter, Pat and colleague, Jeff Larsen, recorded an avalanche hotline out of the SL Ranger District office in the winter … Read more

Caroline Dillon

Caroline was born and raised in the Mad River Valley in Vermont and moved to Utah in 2010 mostly in search of bigger mountains but also to pursue a career as a registered nurse. Caroline currently lives and works in Alta, Utah as a nurse at the Alta Medical Clinic and as a ski patroller … Read more

Jayson Simon-Jones

Jayson is one of a handful of American IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain Guides and splits his time between Boulder, Colorado & Chamonix, France. Jayson began his journey as an avalanche educator by earning his Level 3 Certification from AIARE in 2005, and has been instructing all levels of recreational and professional format courses since. He is … Read more

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