The last avalanche forecast for the 2019-2020 season posted on May 3rd. Thank you to everyone who supported the avalanche center this past season with volunteer hours, donations, and/or avalanche, snowpack, and weather observations. These contributions are crucial to avalanche center operations.
|JB James BrownPresident||
James Brown, known simply as "JB", is a transplant from Western Wyoming who now lives in North Tahoe. A mountain guide by trade, JB has been working in California for the past 12 years. He primarily has guided and climbed in Mt. Shasta and the High Sierra, though he in no stranger to international travel having worked in 7 countries and 4 continents. This is all highlighted by 9 seasons guiding and climbing in the Himalaya and in 2007 JB won the REI Guide of the Year award.
Though he still guides JB has been shifting out of the mountains and into an office the last few year. He now serves as the Chief Marketing officer for California Ski Guides and SWS Mountain Guides.
An avid skier JB can often be found skiing the Mt. Rose backcountry with his wife Emily and his dogs Echo and Trundle.
|Mark BungeVice President||
Mark grew up skiing in the lowly Appalachians, addicted to Powder Magazine and Greg Stump films, and dreaming of a day when he could live and play out West. That dream came true in 2002 when he quit his job and drove from Maryland to Wyoming. Brimming with excitement and naive confidence, Mark charged into the Jackson Hole backcountry with little knowledge of avalanche terrain and no safety equipment whatsoever. He avoided serious consequences thanks to dumb (literally) luck alone.
Zach grew up in Oregon skiing at Mt. Hood, watching Warren Miller films, and dreaming of living in the mountains. He moved to Colorado and became a ski instructor which took him to Crested Butte and Summit County before moving to Tahoe for a deeper snowpack.
Zach worked as a ski instructor at Squaw Valley and brewed beer at the Lake Tahoe Brewing Company where he met his wife Danielle. His passion for spending time in the mountains and his interest in snow led him to become a Ski Patroller. While doing avalanche control work along the Sierra Crest the mystery powerful pacific storms lured him back to school where he completed his bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. Zach works at NOAA’s National Weather Service where he spends his workdays forecasting the weather in the Sierra and his days off skiing as much as possible.
Jonathan has been backcountry skiing since the mid 1980s when he started telemarking, in the primitive days before “AT.” He has enjoyed the Sierra and lived in Truckee for the last 24 years, raising kids and adventuring. He was an active member of Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue for many years, and believes that creating informed and educated backcountry users will create a safer backcountry experience, and get more people out to appreciate the beauty and exhilaration the mountains provide. He also brings business experience to SAC as previous President of a large medical corporation in Reno for 12 years and continues to work in the medical field in Truckee.
Jonathan enjoys cycling, nordic and backcountry skiing, backpacking and traveling. He spends his free time outside playing, and frequently caving in to his endorphin addiction.
Todd Offenbacher is an adventure climber, skier, and TV host for the Resorts Sports Network in Lake Tahoe. He has climbed first ascents around the world including 14 routes on El Captain in Yosemite, two with a disabled climber. He is a recipent of the Mugs Stump Award and the Lyman Spitzer Grant from the American Alpine Club. Todd skis the backcountry and local resorts during winters in Lake Tahoe. Todd has completed his AIARE Level 2 Avalanche training.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a major in Psychology and Business, he moved out west and worked as a wilderness Instructor in Montana. Then migrated to San Francisco where he managed the Athlete and Expedition Department for The North Face. With the Sierras in his backyard, he focused all of his free time rock/alpine climbing and backcountry snowboarding. Eventually, he moved on to larger terrain giving up his job to travel and climb internationally. Jason currently resides in Truckee, CA where he manages operations for an internet provider.
Holly is fortunate to have spent her life playing in the Sierra Nevada. A lover of any form of sliding on skis in the snow, Holly has been a full time backcountry user since the turn of the century. Upon learning that alpine touring is supported by a network of mountain huts in many countries, she combined a love of travel and backcountry skiing to pursue ski tours in Norway, Morocco, the Alps of France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria.
Holly became interested in the dynamics and dangers of avalanches after the Alpine Meadows avalanche in 1982 and as a result of her travels in avalanche terrain during her backcountry adventures. She believes that education, awareness and access to avalanche advisories have the power to alter and improve decision making, allowing for safer backcountry use.
Holly lives, works and plays in Incline Village, using her degree in geology to bore her friends on long trail runs.
David has been an avid backcountry skier since moving out west in 1989. He learned to telemark ski on Mt Lassen and Mt Shasta before moving to the Tahoe Basin and then Reno. He teaches Wilderness Medicine to medical students, residents and practicing physician in various settings; with an emphasis on getting them "out there" using their skills. In addition to back country skiing, David enjoys kayaking, rafting and cycling.
David Bunker is a writer for The Abbi Agency, a digital communications firm with offices in Reno and Las Vegas. He is a former newspaper reporter and editor and an occasional freelance magazine writer.
Born and raised in California, David grew up backpacking through the Sierra Nevada and California's coastal mountains, and rock climbing in Pinnacles and Yosemite. After four years studying journalism inside the Beltway at the University of Maryland, he moved to Tahoe in 2003.
When he finds time to get out from behind his desk, David splitboards, mountain bikes and provides comic relief for serious flyfishermen and trophy trout on the Truckee River by snarling his flyline in willow thickets for hours on end.
David is a contributing editor to Moonshine Ink, and the recipient of awards from the National Newspaper Association, California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Nevada Press Association.
Kerry had to ditch the snowboard and switch back to skis when she and her then boyfriend, now husband, planned a three person, self-guided ascent of Denali in 2000. Twenty-three days on the mountain marked the beginning of a backcountry ski life. That, and moving back to California and the Sierra Nevada mountains after grad school sure helped. Kerry has been able to enjoy the backcountry of Tahoe while the kids are in school and has been lucky enough to ski tour in Norway and the Alps of France, Switzerland, and Austria.
Kerry is a volunteer National Ski Patrol at Alpine Meadows and is a searcher on the ski team for Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. She is Level II AIARE certified and brings her skills of education, community outreach, and project management to the Sierra Avalanche Center.
After growing up on the east coast, Chris and his wife Amy moved west in the 90’s and have been seeking adventure since – typically in various forms of skiing, cycling, and hiking. After 20 years in the Bay Area, the King family moved to Donner Summit full time, seizing the opportunity to be in the mountains year-round – and on skis a lot more. Professionally, Chris is a recovering marketing executive and currently advises start-ups – he still enjoys the process of helping tech companies and products grow from nothing to something. Chris also serves on the board of Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy – another outlet for his dual passions of mountain winters and education.
Peter Stanton’s mission is to inspire generosity (and maybe ski some powder along the way). He serves as Vice President of Development for PBS Reno, where he leads all fundraising efforts for the station.
From Mt. Rose Highway to Shasta and the Eastern Sierra, when there’s snow on the ground there’s nowhere Peter would rather be topping out on a skin track. Peter is fortunate to have been introduced to the backcountry with formal avalanche education and regular avalanche forecasts from Sierra Avalanche Center and ESAC, and he is excited to contribute to keeping our community safe in the backcountry.
Peter is a joyful husband and a rabid skier and ski tourer. He spends summers running in the mountains and recently completed his first ultramarathon.
Tasha works for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District as a Physical Education Specialist. During the summers, she coaches Mountain Biking workshops and camps for LTCC. She also is a Professional Mountain bike racer, racing in both enduro and downhill disciplines. She has been an outdoor enthusiast her entire life and began fulfilling her love for the outdoors in the Adirondacks and White Mountains on the eastern coast of the states. Her passion for rock climbing, mountain biking and exploring the larger mountain ranges lead her to the Sierra Nevadas over 10 years ago where she decided to settle in South Lake Tahoe. Her desire to be out in the bigger terrain has molded her to become passionate about Avalanche Awareness and educating others around her.
Her top choice of winter excitement to satisfy the adrenaline is on her snowmobile which undoubtedly involves entering terrain with risk. She has a strong mission to uphold safety for those around her as well as herself and is adamant about avalanche education. She is an Ambassador of Fun and is devoted to avalanche awareness for all group users of the backcountry, especially in the motorized sector.