Skiing and backcountry avalanche forecasting are a passion for Don. He is a lead instructor and is a former owner of the American Avalanche Institute in Jackson, WY.  His winters are busy teaching avalanche courses for AAI, ski guiding, and skiing. He loves skiing in his local mountains with numerous ski descents and tours in the Tetons. He lives on the west slope of the Tetons with his wife Sarah. He is an AMGA Ski  Guide, and keeps tabs on the early and late season snowpack via hunting elk and running rivers.

Don Carpenter, Sarah Carpenter, and Don Sharaf purchased AAI from founder, Rod Newcomb in 2009. They worked hard to preserve and advance Rod’s legacy and set the standard for avalanche education across the industry. They all continue to work for AAI as instructors and instructor mentors.

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 one of our amazing instructors, check out our full course catalog today. 

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