Scott Schmidt grew up skiing and snowmobiling in the mountains of northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. He moved to Montana in the late 80’s to pursue his PhD in Engineering at Montana State University. During his time at MSU he conducted research in blowing snow, avalanche flow dynamics, and snow metamorphism. Scott began ski patrolling at Bridger Bowl Ski Area in 1996 where he continues to work today. In addition, he worked as a backcountry avalanche forecaster for the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center for 9 seasons. Scott was very instrumental in the avalanche rescue dog program at Bridger Bowl and continues to be an active member of the Gallatin Co. SAR Winter Hasty Team.