Instructors are not just “snow geeks.” We continually work on our teaching skills and experiment with different teaching techniques to make sure you get the skills and information you need. We have a wide range of experienced instructors. Our instructors are seasoned snow experts. From the director of Mt. Rose ski patrol to patrollers with over 25 years of experience, you will be taught by the best. Slide Snow and Avalanche School courses are taught by highly experienced professionals. For years, they have been making difficult decisions regarding snow stability and safety on challenging terrain.
Tim has taught avalanche education, mountaineering, glacier travel, and outdoor skills since 1992. He took his first avalanche course from Dr. Mel Marcus, PHD – Snow Science and Meteorology at Arizona State University. He received a BS in Glaciology from ASU in 1990. Tim continues to build on his 25 years of back country skiing experience in the Sierra, Western US, Canada and Europe.
Mike Ferrari is the Director of Ski Patrol at Mount Rose Ski Area. Professional Ski Patrol for 13 years.
Dallas has served as the Avalanche Forecaster for Mt Rose Ski Tahoe since 2007 and as a professional patroller since 2006. He began his interest in avalanche science while working on a Master’s of Science in Hydrology and Soil Physics at the University of Nevada. He enjoys applying his technical science background in the discipline of Snow Science. During the summers Dallas works as an Wilderness Ecologist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. When not at Mt Rose Dallas spends his days hiking the backcountry of Lake Tahoe, Eastern Sierra, and Western US.
Ian Satterfield’s professional work with avalanches as a ski patroller, backcountry search and rescue and educator spans over 20 years. In his position at Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District he is responsible for managing the instruction of avalanche and backcountry rescue. “My goal as an avalanche educator is to give a high quality experience thereby providing the tools to make good decisions in the avalanche terrain.”