What avalanche courses do you teach?

Recreational Avalanche Level 1, Recreational Avalanche Level 2, Professional Avalanche Level 1

What is your favorite snow story?

Dog sledding for 2 winters, my late partner and I lived in a world of snow. Loved putting in new trails, skidding firewood with a snowmobile, and even a forced bivee on Togwotee pass with the dog-teams when we lost the trail in a blizzard.

What was the path that led you to avalanche education?  

As a 17-year trail builder, I’ve long taught tree falling, tree climbing, horsemanship and rigging for forest service crews. It felt natural to extend my teaching to the activity and environment I love most: traveling the mountains in winter.

What do you do with your offseason?

Run the Trails and Wilderness program for the Cottonwood Canyons (and beyond).


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.