Instructors

Ted Steiner

Ted Steiner
Ted Steiner has been involved with avalanche safety and instructing avalanche safety courses since the mid 1980’s, working professionally as a ski patroller, forecaster, and avalanche educator. Currently, Ted is employed by Dave Hamre and Associates LLC, and working as an avalanche safety consultant with BNSF Railway in Essex, Montana. In the public avalanche safety arena, Ted has recently been involved with organizing and chairing the Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop and instructing avalanche safety courses with the Big Mountain Ski Patrol at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Ted holds the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Avalanche Operations Level III certification, and is a Certified American Avalanche Association Instructor.

Erich Peitzsh

Erich Peitzsch
Erich is a Research Physical Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in West Glacier, MT. He studies avalanches and snow, specifically wet snow avalanches, using drones for snow and avalanche research, and using tree rings to investigate avalanche patterns through time. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. He worked as a ski patroller at Alpine Meadows Ski Area in Lake Tahoe, as the Director of the Flathead Avalanche Center, and currently oversees the Going-to-the-Sun Road Avalanche Program in Glacier National Park. When not studying snow, he spends time in the mountains and traveling with his family.

Jenny Cloutier

Jenny Cloutier
Born and raised in the Flathead Valley, Jenny has spent the last decade teaching ecology, outdoor medicine, and avalanche educations courses throughout northwest Montana and western Washington. Whether through working as a patroller at Whitefish Mountain Resort, teaching in the Flathead National Forest’s winter safety and avalanche program, or writing and instructing avalanche courses for Western Washington University students, Jenny has followed her passion for snow and education. She holds an Avalanche Professional Level 1  and a Masters of Environmental Education and is incredibly thankful for any day spent teaching or playing in the snow. 

Lloyd Morsett

Lloyd Morsett
Lloyd is a recent transplant to the Flathead Valley from the northern mountains of Colorado, where he spent the last two decades working and playing in the snow. He didn’t waste a moment when his ski boots hit the ground in Montana, working as a lead guide for Great Northern Powder Guides before coming on full time to the Whitefish Mountain Ski Patrol. Lloyd was a professional ski patroller for 15 years at Keystone Resort and Arapahoe Basin, serving as an avalanche technician, forecaster and snow safety supervisor.While at Keystone, Lloyd developed and taught an Introduction to Avalanche Course through the resort cat ski program and trained avalanche rescue dogs for 12 years. He has an AIARE level II certification and is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association.

Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson
Cam has dedicated his professional life to education and avalanches. He has spent the last 8 years working as a ski patroller and 3 years as the Avalanche Mitigation Technician at Solitude Mountain Resort. Here he spent his days overseeing their complicated avalanche terrain, as well as mentoring patrollers on avalanche rescue, snow science, and applying the best mitigation strategy for the current condition. During his off seasons Cam lead mountaineering courses for the Northwest Outward Bound School in Washington. When he isn’t on the snow he can be found teaching wilderness medicine courses, building houses, or floating a river on his packraft.