Zach Guy
Director, Avalanche Specialist

Zach began directing the Flathead Avalanche Center in the spring of 2017.  He brought six years of forecasting experience with him from the Elk Mountains of Central Colorado, where he was serving as the director and lead forecaster of the Crested Butte Avalanche Center. He also worked in Crested Butte as the assistant snow safety director and as a ski guide for Irwin Guides.  Zach's academic foundation comes from a B.S. in geology from Western Washington University and a MSc in snow science from Montana State University.   Zach is AVPro, Wilderness First Responder, and Type 1 Explosive certified, a professional member of the American Avalanche Association, and has presented at numerous International Snow Science Workshops.  He grew up in Estes Park, Colorado, but has been studying or playing in the snow from the Cascades to the Tetons to the Rockies.  If there's not enough snow to ski on, then you'll probably find him riding his mountain bike or watching Will Ferrell movies.  

Mark Dundas
Avalanche Specialist

Mark Dundas is the newest avalanche specialist to the FAC team. Mark has over 20 years of snow safety and avalanche forecasting experience. This experience includes days lamenting over depth hoar at Berthoud Pass in Colorado as a guide and ski patroller to his time in Montana as a professional patroller for Whitefish Mountain Resort, a forecaster for Burlington Northern Sante Fe in Essex, MT, and the National Park Service with the Going-to-the-Sun Road avalanche program in Glacier NP. Mark has also been an avalanche educator for 24 years and is a professional member of the AAA. In the summer, Mark trades his skis for a beloved pick mattock as a trail crew supervisor in Glacier National Park where he has been working since 1995. 

Chris Bilbrey
Avalanche Specialist

This is Chris' first season working as an Avalanche Specialist for the Flathead Avalanche Center. Chris began working as a snow professional at Wolf Creek Ski Area in Southwestern Colorado. He worked 11 seasons for the Wolf Creek Ski Patrol and held duties of Lead Avalanche Tech and Forecaster for the snow safety program and as well, trained an avalanche search and rescue dog "Abrams". Over the past four years, Chris has been pursuing a Master's degree from Montana State University in Snow Science and Land Resource Management while worked as the Education Coordinator and Instructor for the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center in Bozeman, MT. He completed an Internship with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center during the 2016/17 winter and participated as a volunteer field observer for the past four seasons. Chris has completed the AIARE Level 3, is a Wilderness First Responder, Type 1 Explosive certified, and a professional member of the American Avalanche Association since 2011. He had a prior career in Fire and EMS in Durango, Colorado and was a liscensed EMT for 17 years. Chris loves spending countless hours in the mountains, in remote river canyons, and landing big fish. He also loves sharing his love and passion for the outdoors with his wife and daughter.

Jennifer Cloutier
Education Coordinator

Born and raised in the Flathead Valley, Jenny has spent the last 19 years teaching ecology, outdoor medicine, and avalanche education courses throughout northwest Montana and western Washington. As a professional member of the AAA, with a Masters of Education,  teaching the people of Montana about the mountains surrounding them is a life long passion of Jenny's. She spends her winters teaching the Flathead National Forest’s winter safety and avalanche program, and writing and instructing courses for The Patrol Fund and the Flathead Avalanche Center. Her summers are filled with hiking, time on the river, and coordinating a Youth Conservation Corpse program for the National Forest.
 

 

Guy Zoellner
Professional Observer

Guy is a professional snowmobile observer with the FAC, and has worked with FAC for the past 4 years. He has taken a Level 2 avalanche course and has been traveling in the backcountry for 16 years, specifically in northwest Montana, where he was born and raised. Guy works as the Trails Manager out of Big Prairie in the Bob Marshall Wilderness for the Flathead National Forest in the summer.

Todd Hannan
Professional Observer

This will be Todd’s fifth season working as an avalanche specialist with the Flathead Avalanche Center. His avalanche career began working as a professional ski patroller at several ski areas including Mt. Hood, OR, Crystal Mountain, WA, Winter Park, CO, and Moonlight Basin, MT. Eager to experience the highway side of avalanche work, Todd worked for the Idaho Transportation Department avalanche program and, most recently, for the Washington State DOT on Snoqualmie Pass. His avalanche training includes National Avalanche School, Level III Avalanche, CAA Level I, Avalanche Search and Rescue and AAUNAC training. When not getting his sled unstuck, Todd works as an Engine Captain for a Type 4 fire crew on the the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger District on the Flatead National Forest. Todd enjoys spending time in the mountains, on the rivers, and in the garden with his wife, three daughters, and son.

Seth Carbonari
Professional Observer

Seth gets to play in and around the mountains of northwest Montana on his personal time and while working for the Flathead National Forest. While his primary job is as the Fire Management Officer for the Spotted Bear Ranger District, he has also been helping with the Flathead Avalanche Center for 16 years. Seth is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and has attended a Level 3 course through the American Avalanche Institute and the Canadian Operations Level 1. Fascinated by avalanches and fire and the similarities they share, he continues to be a student of both.

Erich Peitzsch
Professional Observer

Erich is a a Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in West Glacier, MT, past Director of the Flathead Avalanche Center, and the lead forecaster for the USGS/GNP Going-to-the-Sun Road Avalanche Program in Glacier National Park. He is also working on his Ph.D. in Snow Science through Montana State University studying avalanches as a disturbance and landscape change driver. Before moving to northwest Montana, he completed his Masters of Science in Snow Science at Montana State University in Bozeman in 2009. Erich started his professional avalanche career working as a professional ski patroller alongside the great avalanche hunters at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, CA . Erich is a Certified Instructor, professional member, and Intermountain North representative with the American Avalanche Association. When not working and playing in the snow, you just may find him dressed up as a superhero chasing his two young sons around and running and climbing in the mountains.

RJ Hannah
Professional Observer

This is RJ’s first season at the Flathead Avalanche Center. RJ was born and raised in eastern Montana. While in college at the University of Montana he was a ski instructor. After college he began a 9-year career on the Snowbird Ski Patrol where he obtained Level 2 Avalanche Certification, worked on the Explosives Squad, was a Control Route Leader, and a Lead Avalauncher Weapon Gunner for the Snow Safety Program. Over the past 5 years he has lived in Bend, Oregon. He volunteered on the ski patrol at Mt. Bachelor and volunteered with the Central Oregon Avalanche Association doing Avalanche Education and community outreach. The rest of the year,  RJ is a Fuels Technician on the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger District of
the Flathead National Forest. RJ spends his free time playing frisbee golf, mountain biking, trail running, and spending time out in the mountains.