Avalanche Courses

If You Take One Class, Make It An Avalanche Class  

Joe teaches Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche courses in Southcentral Alaska for the Alaska Avalanche School. He also teaches private avalanche refresher and rescue courses

Why Hire Joe?

Joe combines a 30-year obsession with avalanches and mountain travel to teach his courses. Despite his strong snow science background, his teaching focuses on practical application of skills and making good decisions to ski in avalanche terrain. Joe's training includes:

  • Certified AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide  
  • Certified instructor by the American Avalanche Association  
  • AIARE Level III examined   
  • AIARE instructor trained  
  • Internship at the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center 
  • Internship at the Silverton Avalanche Forecast Office  
  • 18 years of avalanche instructing  


Level 1 Avalanche Course 

Level 2 Avalanche Course  

Avalanche Refresher 

Avalanche Links

Joe's Avalanche Companion Rescue summary


American Avalanche Association 


BD/Powder Human Factor 1.0 

BD/Powder Human Factor 2.0 

Avalanche Patch 

Utah Avalanche Center Blog 

My goal is to give you the skills to minimize your risk here.  


Most of the Alaska Avalanche School staff, all snow and avalanche professionals.