Todd Hannan
Avalanche Specialist

Todd is serving as the Interim Director of the Flathead Avalanche during the 2016-2017 season. This will be Todd’s fourth season working as an avalanche specialist with the Flathead Avalanche Center. His avalanche career began working as a professional ski patroller at several ski areas including Mt. Hood, OR, Crystal Mountain, WA, Winter Park, CO, and Moonlight Basin, MT. Eager to experience the highway side of avalanche work, Todd worked for the Idaho Transportation Department avalanche program and, most recently, for the Washington State DOT on Snoqualmie Pass. His avalanche training includes National Avalanche School, Level III Avalanche, CAA Level I, Avalanche Search and Rescue and AAUNAC training. When not getting his sled unstuck, Todd works as an Engine Captain for a Type 4 fire crew on the the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger District on the Flatead National Forest. Todd enjoys spending time in the mountains, on the rivers, and in the garden with his wife, three daughters, and son.

Mark Dundas
Avalanche Specialist

Mark Dundas is the newest avalanche specialist to the FAC team. Mark has over 20 years of snow safety and avalanche forecasting experience. This experience includes days lamenting over depth hoar at Berthoud Pass in Colorado as a guide and ski patroller to his time in Montana as a professional patroller for Whitefish Mountain Resort, a forecaster for Burlington Northern Sante Fe in Essex, MT, and the National Park Service with the Going-to-the-Sun Road avalanche program in Glacier NP. Mark has also been an avalanche educator for 24 years and is a professional member of the AAA. In the summer, Mark trades his skis for a beloved pick mattock as a trail crew supervisor in Glacier National Park where he has been working since 1995. 

Erich Peitzsch
Avalanche Specialist

Erich is a a Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in West Glacier, MT, past Director of the Flathead Avalanche Center, and the lead forecaster for the USGS/GNP Going-to-the-Sun Road Avalanche Program in Glacier National Park. He is also working on his Ph.D. in Snow Science through Montana State University studying avalanches as a disturbance and landscape change driver. Before moving to northwest Montana, he completed his Masters of Science in Snow Science at Montana State University in Bozeman in 2009. Erich started his professional avalanche career working as a professional ski patroller alongside the great avalanche hunters at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, CA . Erich is a Certified Instructor, professional member, and Intermountain North representative with the American Avalanche Association. When not working and playing in the snow, you just may find him dressed up as a superhero chasing his two young sons around and running and climbing in the mountains.

Seth Carbonari
Avalanche Specialist

Seth gets to play in and around the mountains of northwest Montana on his personal time and while working for the Flathead National Forest. While his primary job is as the Fire Management Officer for the Spotted Bear Ranger District, he has also been helping with the Flathead Avalanche Center for 15 years. Seth is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and has attended a Level 3 course through the American Avalanche Institute and the Canadian Operations Level 1. Fascinated by avalanches and fire and the similarities they share, he continues to be a student of both.