Be a good partner. Get yourself educated. 

Avalanches are the second most complicated aspect of travel in the snowy mountains. It is your responsibility as a backcountry partner, a husband or wife educator, and to yourself, to get avalanche educated. Start with a Level 1 avalanche course with the Alaska Avalanche School, then take another course and another....

Joe teaches recreational 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:

  • AMGA certified Ski Mountaineering Guide  
  • AAA certified instructor
  • AAA professional instructor
  • AIARE Level III examined   
  • AIARE instructor trained  
  • Internship at the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center 
  • Internship at the Silverton Avalanche Forecast Office  
  • 20 years experience avalanche instructing  

Avalanche Courses in Alaska

Avalanche Refresher

Professional Courses

Rec Level 1 Course

Rec Level 2 Course