David Reichel
Executive Director, Professional Observer

As soon as possible after UC Berkeley, David moved to the mountains. He took his first avalanche course that winter in the Rockies, and he’s been exploring snow covered peaks ever since. Back home in the Sierra he has taught about a bazillion AIARE courses and splitboarded all over Tahoe. David also guides and instructs avalanche courses in the Mt. Shasta and Argentina. In 2014, he founded the California Avalanche Workshop. When not outside, David’s professional experience includes: starting a charter school for at risk young adults, running an academic college wilderness program, directing a small nonprofit, and working to get more kids on bikes.

Travis Feist
Professional Observer, Education Coordinator

Travis grew up skiing in the Adirondacks, and moved to Colorado after high school to explore bigger mountains. He experienced his first Tahoe snowstorm while on a motorcycle trip, and decided to stick around to enjoy the deep snow that Colorado couldn't offer. He now splits his time during the North American winters as an Observer and Education Coordinator for SAC, and during the South American winters as a guide and avalanche educator in Argentina. When the snowmobiling and dirtbiking are no good, Travis can sometimes be heard making "braahp braaaahhp" noises while skiing.