Josh Lipkowitz spent his formative years in the hills of Western Massachusetts and the slightly bigger hills of Vermont. He isn’t quite sure if his first unassisted movements were on skis or on foot. His non-winter home is in midcoast Maine where he and his partner co-run a youth outdoor education company. He has spent the past four winters teaching avalanche education and backcountry skiing to aspiring snowy mountain goers.

Josh has led people young and old into the outdoors on foot, skis, splitboard, surfboard, sailboat, canoe, bicycle, and sea kayak. He has lived in five countries and speaks Portuguese and Spanish. He has also taught environmental science and outdoor adventure education at the college level. He has a MS in Conservation Biology and just began a MS in the Snow & Avalanche Lab at Montana State University. He is a passionate outdoor educator with a goal to facilitate meaningful experiences in wild spaces where people can infuse their adventure with a deep reverence for the ecology and natural history of the places where we get to play. Josh finds the intimate relationship with the mountains that backcountry skiing both fosters and requires to be deeply rewarding and views avalanche education as a critical foundation of that relationship.

When not outside, Josh loves to read, play music, make things out of wood & flour, and dream about snow and waves. He is also a licensed sea captain and massage therapist.

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