Sandy at her personal paradise, the Pass Creek Yurt.
Sandy Kobrock
Lead Instructor / Owner


Sandy is recognized by the American Avalanche Association as a Certified Instructor, has been an Instructor Trainer for AIARE, is an AIARE Level 1 & Level 2 Instructor, and is a current Wilderness First Responder.

Her experience as ski patrol Supervisor at Squaw Valley USA and as the Patrol Director and snow safety supervisor at Wolf Creek Ski Area, and 20 seasons in the South San Juan mountains adds up to 27 years of professional avalanche work. In addition to being the Lead Instructor for the Wolf Creek Avalanche School, Sandy has taught Level 1 & 2 courses for the Silverton Avalanche School, AIARE, Telluride Avalanche School, NOLS Winter Instructor Training, CDOT, and Babes in the Backcountry.

Sandy's expertise includes 20 years working with corporations improving decision-making, accountability, personal awareness, and intentional communication.

Mark Mueller
Instructor


Mark has been professionally involved with avalanches in the Southern San Juan mountains for over 20 years, and in the Sierra Nevada for 16 seasons before that. Now that's a lot of avalanches!

His professional experience includes things like veteran ski patroller, including Patrol Director at Squaw Valley for 12 seasons, over 20 years as a full-time avalanche forecaster, and previous Executive Director of the American Avalanche Assoication.


Mark inspecting the product at the Pass Creek Yurt
Fay Johnson
Instructor


Fay Johnson first became interested in avalanches in 1975 when she spent a winter working at Alyeska Ski Area in Girdwood Alaska. Her newfound interest prompted her to enroll in the Earth Science program at Montana State University where she studied snow and avalanche processes under the tutelage of John (Doc) Montagne. Fay joined the Bridger Bowl ski patrol in 1983. She patrolled at Bridger for the next 28 seasons, including 5 years as the Assistant Patrol Director and 14 years as the Patrol Director. Fay has a strong background in outdoor education, having taught for Pacific Crest Outward Bound for 10 years. She has been a wilderness first aid instructor for 23 years, working for Wilderness Medical Associates, where she is currently in charge of quality assurance and instructor development.

Fay lives in Bozeman, MT with her husband Scott and her 2 avalanche rescue dogs, Ethel and Fred.


Fay and Fred on the job!
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