Ben, is the owner and lead guide of Beartooth Powder Guides in Cooke City, Montana. Since moving to Montana in 1997, he has skied extensively in the mountains of SW Montana. Ben is an AMGA Certified Ski Guide and turned his passion into a profession by founding Beartooth Powder Guides in 2011. Ben spends time every year attending continuing avalanche education events to keep up with the most recent avalanche research. 

What is your home base?

Cooke City, Montana

What avalanche courses do you teach?

Professional Avalanche Level 1, Professional Level 1 Bridge Course

What is your favorite snow story?

Ole the dog of course. Long story, but a Welsh Corgi was buried in an Avalanche just south of Cooke City in 2012. It was buried for 4 days and dug himself out and walked back to Cooke City to the door of the motel where his people had been staying prior to the avalanche. I  made a hack video documenting it 🙂

What was the path that led you to avalanche education?  

 I was fortunate to have some very good mentors who were in the industry as forecasters and guides from the beginning of my backcountry skiing career. I learned so much from them and from numerous memorable moments in the mountains relating to snow, that I felt sharing my experiences and educating others was something I wanted to do. When I started skiing in the backcountry it was trial by fire and there were not a lot of educational opportunities for recreational skiers. So when I founded BPG, I wanted to create a venue for backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering education in hopes of making people’s experiences in the mountains more enjoyable and safer.

What do you do with your offseason?

I am always building something or fixing something. I love construction and designing things almost as much as I like skiing powder.


Courses With AAI

Our instructors are the core of your experience with the American Avalanche Institute. They bring the science and knowledge of avalanche safety to life in real-world settings. If you’re interested in learning more from Karen, or one of our other amazing instructors check out our full course offerings today.

Our instructors are the core of your experience with the American Avalanche Institute.  They bring the science and knowledge of avalanche safety to life in real-world settings.  If you’re interested in learning more fromone of our amazing instructors check out our full course offerings today.