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 later Environmental Science with an emphasis on Climate Change. After college, I started working at Alta Ski Area as a Ski Instructor.

In 2000, Titus Case, the director of the Avalanche Department, asked if I would like to work early mornings with the ski patrol doing avalanche control work. 22 years later I am still excited and fascinated by the study of avalanches and the science behind snow structure. I attended the National Avalanche School in 2010 and again in 2020. Presently, I work with the Alta Ski Patrol, and as a guide for Park City Powder Cats. In the summer I am a fly fishing guide in the Uinta Mountains on Thousand Peaks Ranch. I am excited to teach with AAI and pass along experience and knowledge gained from those 22 years of working in the avalanche field.

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