|Blase ReardonAvalanche Specialist||
Blase has explored snowpacks across the world, from golf courses in Ohio to remote mountains in Kyrgyzstan. Most recently, he worked as a forecaster in central Idaho for the Sawtooth Avalanche Center and in central Colorado for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center for 10 years. He has served on the faculty of Colorado Mountain College's innovative Avalanche Science Program, as Editor of The Avalanche Review and The Snowy Torrents, and as Publications Trustee for the American Avalanche Association. He's excited to be back in the Flathead Valley now as the lead forecaster for the FAC - a position he has held since 2018. Early in his career, Blase researched climate change and glaciers for the USGS and worked as a forecaster for the Going-to-the-Sun Road avalanche program in Glacier National Park.
|Mark DundasAvalanche Specialist||
Mark has been forecasting for the FAC team since 2015. 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.
|Clancy NelsonAvalanche Specialist||
Clancy comes to the Flathead Valley from the eastern Sierra in California. Clancy's experience with snow safety and avalanche work started in 2007 as a professional ski patroller for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Clancy spent 9 years as an observer for the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center before starting his forecasting career in 2016. At ESAC Clancy used his years of experience tracking remote weather station data to spearhead the center's Season History program creating new web-based tools for tracking snow and weather variables. Clancy has been teaching avalanche courses for Sierra Mountain Guides for the past 3 seasons and is on the AMGA Ski Guide track. Clancy has a Level 3 avalanche certification from AIARE, is a certified AIARE instructor, and has weather forecasting training form the American Avalanche Institute. Clancy prefers to get around on skis, but if it's too warm and dry you can find him chasing his wife and dog around the mountains in trail running or climbing shoes. Clancy often serves as a backcountry crew leader for Forest Service wilderness and trails programs in the summer.
|Cameron JohnsonAvalanche Specialist||
Cam has recently migrated north from the central wasatch mountains of Utah to the Flathead Valley. He has spent 8 years working in different facets of ski patrol programs with the last 3 years serving as an Avalanche Mitigation Technician for Solitude Mountain Resort. During these years Cam worked day in day out tending to their complex avalanche terrain. Alongside forecasting he mentored patrollers on rescue techniques and on the intricacies of mitigating the avalanche hazard with skis and explosives. Cam has a Professional Level 2 certification, Wilderness EMT, attended National Avalanche School, and is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association. When he isn’t traveling through the mountains on skis you can find him taking his archery equipment for long walks in the fall and floating rivers with his soon-to-be wife and dog.
|Guy Zoellner Professional Observer||
Guy is a professional snowmobile observer with the FAC, and has worked with FAC since 2014. He has taken a Level 2 avalanche course and has been traveling in the backcountry for almost 20 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.
|RJ Hannah Professional Observer||
RJ started with the FAC in 2017. RJ was born and raised in eastern Montana, and graduated from the University of Montana. 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. RJ also has 5 years of on-the-snow experience from 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
|Rob Millspaugh Intern||
Rob hails from the Empire State, where he became proficient in identifying and skiing the various colors of ice. He set out for the Rocky Mountains seeking fluffier forms of precipitation and earned a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Rob moved to the Flathead Valley in 2012 and embarked on storied careers in the beer and pizza industries, all the while pursuing an interest in the local backcountry. As FAC’s intern, Rob is excited to invoke his spirit animal, the sponge, to learn as much as possible from the Flathead’s talented field practitioners. Rob has an Avalanche Operations Level 1 certification from the Canadian Avalanche Association and is a volunteer with the Flathead Nordic Backcountry Patrol. Rob enjoys water craft of all types but his favorite boats have dogs on them.
|Emily StrussEducation Coordinator||
Hailing from Michigan, Emily has spent most of the last 15 years in Western Montana. A University of Montana graduate, and NOLS alum, Emily joins us from the National Forest Foundation where she worked leading fundraising events, workshops, and a youth corps program. While she loved working for a nationally-scaled nonprofit, she is excited about the opportunity to focus on supporting the community she now lives in. Emily and her husband and two kiddos are new to the area from Missoula and have been enjoying exploring their new backyard over the last few months. When ski season is over, you can find Emily in her kayak, on her bike, or baking treats with her kiddos.
|Zach GuyDirector, 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.