Ski Resort Safety Expert 519353 CA(N)

Expertise Description

My career of over 45 years as a Ski Patrol and Snow Safety Director has been focused on all aspects of mountain safety, first aid, mountain rescue, hazard identification and mitigation, mountain signage, skier education, accident documentation, risk management, trail design and construction, explosive use and licensing, and avalanche forecasting and control. I have additional experience in lift maintenance, lift operations, snowmaking, snow removal, grooming, building construction and maintenance, terrain park planning, construction and maintenance, mountain construction and maintenance, environmental compliance and erosion control, ski area mountain planning and permitting, and guest and employee safety. I have also spent more than 30 years as a ski resort safety expert witness and have provided courtroom testimony, consultations, and deposition.

Areas of Expertise

Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes working with Ski Area Operations, Skier Safety, Ski Patrol Procedures, Avalanche Awareness, Avalanche Control, & Explosive Use.


Degree Subject Institution
B.A. Natural History San Jose State University

Licenses Certifications

Far West Professional Ski Patrol Association, Certified Patroller
United States Forest Service, Certified Military Weapons Avalanche Gunner
Licensed Explosive Blaster, California

Awards & Affiliation

American Avalanche Association
Western Snow Conference
National Avalanche Foundation
National Ski Area Association
California Ski Industry Association

Primary Affiliation

National Ski Area Association