Zach Guy
Director, Avalanche Specialist

Zach began directing the Flathead Avalanche Center in the spring of 2017.  He brought six years of forecasting experience with him from the Elk Mountains of Central Colorado, where he was serving as the director and lead forecaster of the Crested Butte Avalanche Center. He also worked in Crested Butte as the assistant snow safety director and as a ski guide for Irwin Guides.  Zach's academic foundation comes from a B.S. in geology from Western Washington University and a MSc in snow science from Montana State University.   Zach is AVPro, Wilderness First Responder, and Type 1 Explosive certified, a professional member of the American Avalanche Association, and has presented at numerous International Snow Science Workshops.  He grew up in Estes Park, Colorado, but has been studying or playing in the snow from the Cascades to the Tetons to the Rockies.  If there's not enough snow to ski on, then you'll probably find him riding his mountain bike or watching Will Ferrell movies.  

Blase Reardon
Avalanche Specialist

Blase has explored snowpacks across the world, from golf courses in Ohio to remote mountains in Kyrgyzstan. For the past ten winters, he has worked as a forecaster in central Idaho for the Sawtooth Avalanche Center and in central Colorado for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. He has served on the faculty of Colorado Mountain College's innovative Avalanche Science Program, as Editor of The Avalanche Review and The Snowy Torrents, and as Publications Trustee for the American Avalanche Association. He's excited to return to the Flathead Valley as the lead forecaster for the FAC, Early in his career, he researched climate change and glaciers for the USGS and worked as a forecaster for the Going-to-the-Sun Road avalanche program in Glacier National Park.

Mark Dundas
Avalanche Specialist

Mark has been forecasting for the FAC team since 2015.  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. 

Clancy Nelson
Avalanche Specialist

Clancy comes to the Flathead Valley from the eastern Sierra in California. Clancy's experience with snow safety and avalanche work started in 2007 as a professional ski patroller for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Clancy spent 9 years as an observer for the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center before starting his forecasting career in 2016. At ESAC Clancy used his years of experience tracking remote weather station data to spearhead the center's Season History program creating new web-based tools for tracking snow and weather variables. Clancy has been teaching avalanche courses for Sierra Mountain Guides for the past 3 seasons and is on the AMGA Ski Guide track. Clancy has a Level 3 avalanche certification from AIARE, is a certified AIARE instructor, and has weather forecasting training form the American Avalanche Institute. Clancy prefers to get around on skis, but if it's too warm and dry you can find him chasing his wife and dog around the mountains in trail running or climbing shoes. Clancy often serves as a backcountry crew leader for Forest Service wilderness and trails programs in the summer. 

Guy Zoellner
Professional Observer

Guy is a professional snowmobile observer with the FAC, and has worked with FAC since 2014. He has taken a Level 2 avalanche course and has been traveling in the backcountry for almost 20 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.

RJ Hannah
Professional Observer

RJ started with the FAC in 2017.  RJ was born and raised in eastern Montana, and graduated from the University of Montana. After college he began a 9-year career on the Snowbird Ski Patrol where he obtained Level 2 Avalanche Certification, worked on the Explosives Squad, was a Control Route Leader, and a Lead Avalauncher Weapon Gunner for the Snow Safety Program. RJ also has 5 years of on-the-snow experience from Bend, Oregon. He volunteered on the ski patrol at Mt. Bachelor and volunteered with the Central Oregon Avalanche Association doing Avalanche Education and community outreach. The rest of the year,  RJ is a Fuels Technician on the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Ranger District of
the Flathead National Forest. RJ spends his free time playing frisbee golf, mountain biking, trail running, and spending time out in the mountains.

Jennifer Cloutier
Education Coordinator

Born and raised in the Flathead Valley, Jenny has spent the last 20 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 Corps program for the National Forest.