Zach Guy – Director/Forecaster
Zach Guy moved to Crested Butte in 2011 after finishing his master’s degree in snow science at Montana State University. He began forecasting for the CBAC in 2012, and has been the director since 2015. He also guides part-time for Irwin Guides, where he previously worked as the assistant snow safety director. 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 working in and learning about snow from the Cascades to the Tetons to the Rockies. Zach has a passion for being tuned into the snowpack by ski touring with his nose in the snow. In the summer, he loves riding his mountain bike and works for Coal Creek Watershed Coalition on their research staff.
Ian Havlick – Forecaster
Ian is a Colorado native who has been playing in mountains all his life. Ian comes to the CBAC with over 18 years backcountry experience in mountains across the West, Canada, Alaska, Norway, and Iceland. Ian has guided on Denali in Alaska for Mountain Trip International, and worked for Telluride Helitrax before moving to Crested Butte. Ian graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S in Geography and Mountain Meteorology in 2011. Ian is an AMGA certified Ski Guide and full IFMGA Aspirant guide, hoping to obtain his full IFMGA certification in the next two years. In addition to working toward international mountain guide certification, Ian holds Wilderness First Responder, Colorado Type 1 Explosive certified, a Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association. Ian is also a Course Leader of AIARE Level 1 and 2 avalanche courses for the Silverton and Telluride Avalanche Schools.
Evan Ross – Forecaster
Evan Ross has been actively studying snow science since the early 2000s. He’s thrilled to be have joined the CBAC team during the 2014 winter season. Evan grew up ski racing in Jackson Hole before heading off to college in Colorado. It was while studying at Fort Lewis in Durango that Evan was exposed to the world of backcountry skiing for the first time and it has since turned into an obsession. Evan moved to Crested Butte in the winter of 2011. When he’s not out in search of powder stashes in the Elk Mountains he works as a guide for Irwin Backcountry Guides. He is preparing to take his AMGA Ski Exam, is AIARE L3 certified, an AIARE L1 avalanche course leader, and an AIARE L2 avalanche course instructor.
Karen Williams – Development Director
Karen grew up in Albuquerque, NM, and attended the University of Vermont. She graduated with a degree in Small Business Management, and moved to the Gunnison Valley in 2001. Karen worked and lived in Irwin for several years, and relied heavily on the information the CBAC provided to keep her safe on her commute as well as on her backcountry adventures. Karen has worked in both the public and private sector, and brings a wealth of knowledge in running small businesses and non-profit organizations. She is excited to put her skills to good use to make the CBAC is the best organization it can be! Karen lives in the Almont area with her husband and young kids and their avalanche rescue dog Ziggy.
Alex Banas – Pro Observer
Alex grew up all over the west but calls Summit County, Colorado home. He is an avid skier and rock climber spending amble hours in Eldo Canyon, the Tetons and other areas around the US. In the winter he works for Brekenridge ski patrol part time along with Irwin Guides. Currently he is a Colorado wilderness EMT-B, American Avalanche Institute Level III certified and started down the AMGA Ski Guide Program.
Ben Pritchett – Pro Observer
Ben Pritchett lives in Crested Butte, Colorado where he spends his summers guiding and chasing his wife and two kids around the mountains. Ben began working on AIARE curriculum development projects in 2002 and joined AIARE as the Program Director in 2005. His background includes 6 seasons as the Education Coordinator for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, 5 seasons forecasting for the Crested Butte Avalanche Center, ski guiding since 1998, ski patrolling for Crested Butte Mountain Resort, and 15 years working on the snow safety crew for the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse race. Ben holds an AMGA Ski Guide certification, and owns his own guide service Colorado Backcountry. He is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and a AAA Certified Avalanche Instructor.
Arden Feldman – Intern
Arden Feldman is a Colorado College geology student originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Growing up he was constantly obsessed with snow, skiing, and meteorology. After being introduced to the world of snow science during his AIARE Level II course in 2016 he immediately fell in love and decided to continue pursuing it. During the following summer he conducted snow science research at Montana State University’s Subzero Lab. He is excited to continue learning and contribute to the CBAC’s operation during the 2016-17 winter.
The following people were influential in getting the CBAC started, they no longer forecast, but they continue to be involved with the CBAC as board members and friends: Jake Jones, Steve Banks, Alan Bernholtz, Billy Rankin, Jayson Simons-Jones, John MacKinnon, Josh Hirshberg, Mike Bromberg, Ben Pritchett, Jeff Banks.