John grew up in Chicago, Illinois and started skiing the rugged mountains of the Mid-West at the age of seven. His love for skiing and snowy mountains never subsided, even after college in Iowa and a stint in the U.S. Navy. The mountains led him to Lake Tahoe in 2002 where he began his career as a professional Ski Patroller at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The prospect of challenging avalanche terrain led John to move in 2009 to Squaw Valley USA. As a member of the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, he is both an Avalanche Control Route Leader and Licensed Avalanche Blaster.
In addition to his ski patrol duties, John has been an Outdoor Educator over a decade. He’s taught experiential education courses to both youth and adults. He's an AIARE Lead Instructor, holds his AIARE Level 3 Certification and is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association. John also maintains his EMT and OEC certifications.
John’s passion is teaching people about snow science and how to travel safely in the mountains. This devotion has culminated into the creation of Sierra Alpine Education.
AIARE Level 3
AIARE Level 1 Course Leader
California Licensed Avalanche Blaster
Rescue 3 International: Tech
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