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) as a mountain and winter instructor and supervisor. Chrissie has guided two successful expeditions up the Muldrow route on Denali, and skied Mt Logan (the second tallest mountain in North America) as part of an all-female team of two. She started working as a mountaineering ranger for Denali National Park in the spring of 2020. She took her first avalanche course the first winter she moved to Colorado, and has been passionate about avalanche education and snow science ever since. She has taught Level 1’s for NOLS since 2013, and took her Level 3 with AAI in 2017.

In between waiting for it to snow, Chrissie loves fly fishing and is on a quest to become a more than mediocre whitewater boater.

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