Co-Owner & Instructor

Don Sharaf is one of the owners of AAI. He has spent 30 years backcountry skiing and riding all over the US and Canada. He has taught avalanche and mountaineering courses for the last 25 years and been a heli-ski guide and avalanche forecaster in Alaska for the past 15 years. In other words, enough time to pay attention, to learn a few lessons, and to see the value of remaining humble in the face of the dragon. Although he constantly challenges himself to figure out how avalanches work, his true passion still remains moving though the mountains… and rivers.

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.