Guy Zoellner
Snowmobile Observer

Guy is a professional snowmobile observer with the FAC, and has worked with FAC for the past 3 years. He has taken a Level 2 avalanche course and has been traveling in the backcountry for 15 years, specifically in northwest Montana, where he was born and raised. Guy works as the Trails Manager out of Big Prairie in the Bob Marshall Wilderness for the Flathead National Forest in the summer.

Jennifer Cloutier
Education Coordinator

Born and raised in the Flathead Valley, Jenny has spent the last 18 years teaching ecology, outdoor medicine, and avalanche education courses throughout northwest Montana and western Washington. As a professional member of the AAA, with a Masters of Education,  teaching the people of Montana about the mountains surrounding them is a life long passion of Jenny's. She spends her winters teaching the Flathead National Forest’s winter safety and avalanche program, and writing and instructing courses for The Patrol Fund and the Flathead Avalanche Center. Her summers are filled with hiking, time on the river, and coordinating a Youth Conservation Corpse program for the National Forest. 

 

Zachary Miller
Intern

Zachary Miller joins the Flathead Avalanche center for the 2016 - 2017 season as an enthusiastic, coffee-bearing intern. While studying at the University of Colorado, he started sticking his head in snow pits as a snow hydrology intern with the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research. Following graduation, he migrated to the Wasatch Mountains of Utah and joined the Solitude Professional Ski Patrol for 3 seasons. From Utah, Zach and his wife moved to the Flathead in search of bigger mountains with less tracks. Zach currently has an AAI Level II certification and he has completed the AAI Advanced Winter Weather Forecasting course. He is an affiliate member of AAA and has volunteered to assist with local Level I and II avalanche courses offered by The Patrol Fund. He looks forward to furthering his avalanche education with FAC this year and obtaining his AAI Level III certification.

Ben Bernall
Kootenai National Forest Observer

Ben Bernall began his avalanche education as a teenager by climbing and skiing in the mountains of Northwest Montana.  After deciding that self-taught/trial and error method was a dangerous way to get educated he decided to take the Canadian AST Level 1 and 2 courses.  He has also taken the American Level 2 course through AAI and recently completed his Level 3 in February 2017.  In the summer months, Ben spends his time working as a Recreation Technician and maintains campgrounds and trails on the Three Rivers Ranger District in Troy, MT.  When not at work Ben spends his energy chasing two energetic children, mountain biking and skiing as much as possible.  Ben describes himself as a confused Libby Boy that tries to blur the line between your standard Lincoln County redneck and a compulsive exercising health nut.