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. He is always down for a new adventure, and loves being a part of your adventures too.

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.