Nik grew up surrounded by the San Juans of SW Colorado and has always been drawn to the wild places of the world. He came to the realization that he wanted to become a guide after his first Colorado 14’er ascent and hasn’t really looked back.   Nik has climbed extensively throughout the southwestern United States and finds himself completely at home high on an alpine wall, clinging to a frozen waterfall or soaking up the sun on a desert tower.

Where are you based?

SLC, Jackson, Seattle and Talkeetna

What avalanche courses do you teach?

Recreational Avalanche Level 1

What is your favorite snow story?

I once spent 2.5 weeks hunkered down in a storm in the Ruth Gorge in the Alaska Range. It snowed over 12′. Pretty much only ate, slept, shoveling snow and took whiteout ski laps on the little hill behind our camp in my mountain boots.

What was the path that led you to avalanche education & Why do you enjoy teaching?  

Having taught and guided ice climbing for so many winters I wanted to get a better look into the ski guiding and avalanche world. I have always enjoyed teaching and thought teaching these courses would help make me a better avalanche professional

What do you do with your offseason?

Nik getting ill.

During the “off-season” you can find me rock climbing, exploring the desert or going on alpine climbing expeditions in the great ranges of the world


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 Jake, 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.