Lisa Van Sciver

Lisa Van Sciver, Instructor at the American Avalanche Institute.

Lisa grew up skiing on the east coast, and at an early age on a family ski trip to Colorado, she asked, who cut these perfect ski trails down all the mountains? Once Lisa graduated from Colorado College, she moved to Jackson Hole to pursue being a ski bum. Chasing her passions lead her to … Read more

Randy Hartwig

Randy Hartwig, Instructor at the American Avalanche Institute.

Hi, my name is Randy Hartwig. I started skiing as a kid in the east and always loved being outside in the winter. Even then, I was fascinated by the different types of snow that I encountered. I moved to Utah to attend the University of Utah, and ultimately got a degree in Business and … Read more

Morgan McGlashon

Morgan McGlashon, Instructor at the American Avalanche Institute.

Born and raised in the Tetons, Morgan is no stranger to the mountains. Her first love with snow began on the magic carpet at age two, but has grown to include many facets and varieties. Morgan is an ex-ski racer turned freeride competition skier turned mountaineering and backcountry skier and now full-time mountain guide. Her … Read more

Rocky Spencer

Rocky Spencer, Instructor at the American Avalanche Institute.

Raquel “Rocky” Spencer Schifani hails originally from the state of Texas, but don’t hold that against her. She moved to Colorado in the fall of 2008, and it only took one winter to convince her to stay permanently. Once she moved to the mountains, and joined the Vail Ski Patrol her love of snow science … Read more

Jamie Weeks

Jamie Weeks, Instructor at the American Avalanche Institute.

Jamie has blazed the trail as a splitboard guide. Many of his achievements can be considered a first in the industry. He began working as a snowboard guide for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in 1999 and has been guiding heli skiing in Alaska since 2001. He also has spent 15 years teaching Avalanche education … Read more

Thomas Ney

Thomas Ney, Instructor at American Avalanche Institute.

Thomas grew up playing around the mountains of Colorado. His love of conservation and the outdoors pushed him to earn a BA in Outdoor Recreation and Education from Western Colorado University. He promptly moved to the Tetons to begin a guiding career with Exum Mountain Guides. His passion for avalanche education and spending time in … Read more

Mike Janes

Mike Janes, instructor at American Avalanche Institute.

Mike has worked as an avalanche forecaster at Alaska Electric Light & Power for 12 years in addition to instructing avalanche courses. He is a certified avalanche dog handler with SEADOGS in Juneau, Alaska.

Sam Kieckhefer

Sam Kieckhefer

Born and raised in Northern California, Sam began exploring the Sierra and developed a love for the mountains at a young age. Since 2018, Sam has worked as an avalanche course instructor and ski guide with Alpenglow Expeditions in Lake Tahoe, and is excited to bring his passion for the mountains and snow to AAI. … Read more

Chrissie Oken

Chrissie Oken, Instructor at the American Avalanche Institute, skinning with amazing ski lines in the background.

Chrissie Oken 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 … Read more

Will Stubblefield

Will Stubb

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee; mountains and rivers called Will to the West. He has been following a path blending education and recreation for the last 10 years. Guiding on whitewater rivers in the summer and in snowy ranges in the winter. Teaching in the classroom or field, he empowers others with skills to … Read more

Mike Soucy

Mike Soucy

Mike Soucy’s career in the mountains spans for over two decades and includes guiding, ski patrolling, avalanche education, and most recently, Provider Program Manager for AAI. Additionally, he stays busy working as an IFMGA Mountain Guide and member of the AMGA National Instructor Team. In his leisure time, he’s lucky enough to enjoy the same … Read more

Katie Oram

Katie has worked in the outdoor industry since 2013 as an instructor for NOLS and an ACMG rock climbing guide. She loves to ski, climb, and run in the mountains near her home in Lander, Wyoming. She has been an avalanche educator since 2014 and loves sharing her passion for backcountry skiing with others.

Jen Reddy

Jen Reddy

Jen Reddy is a Jackson-based illustrator, avalanche educator, and member of Teton County Search and Rescue. In the late 1990s, Jen traded her 210’s and downhill suit for a pair of fat skis and a down jacket and never looked back. Her (mis)adventures on snow, rock, and dirt have shaped her teaching and art, which … Read more

Hannah Marshall


Hannah found backcountry skiing as a teenager in New Hampshire. Once she mastered skiing ice and river beds she began to chase snowy landscapes across the west, and hasn’t looked back. Hannah has a strong background in education, and is excited to contribute her teaching experience and love of skiing to AAI.  When she’s not … Read more

Levi Pendleton

Snowmobile wheely in the powder

A paddler, skier, climber, mountain biker, paraglider and all things motorsports, Levi works as the coordinator for the outdoor program at Southern Utah University. Prior to working in higher education, he spent various seasons river guiding and ski patrolling. When he is not working, he enjoys learning new outdoor activities and continuing to pursue time … Read more

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