Eric joined the Avalanche Center in 2005. Eric has extensive experience in wildland fire fighting. He is trained to deal with complex situations that can have severe consequences. This perspective gives him a great advantage for relating the nuances of avalanche hazards and describing the situational awareness that backcountry travelers require when venturing into mountainous terrain in the winter. Eric has been an incredible asset with his strong backcountry skills, eagerness to learn, and great teaching skills; Eric teaches advanced fire courses. Eric has attended Level 1 and 2 AAA and level 2 AIARE, and the National Avalanche School this year. When not teaching his “Fire and Ice” class he can be found kayaking, skiing, hunting, or doing anything to get out of the house.
Dan officially began working for the Avalanche Center in 2004 when he signed on for weekly forecasting from the Lookout Pass area with Carole Johnson. Dan has been helping out with the AC for much longer by filling in and volunteering his services since 1998. Dan’s avalanche training is through the National Avalanche School with Level 1 completed at Snowbird and Level 2 at Crystal Mountain, Washington. Dan has taught numerous avalanche classes to Search and Rescue, Snowmobile Clubs, and schools in the Silver Valley and Western Montana.