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Thu, December 16, 2021

Andrew Schauer

Andrew joined the CNFAIC during the 20/21 season. He is came to Girdwood after forecasting for the West Central Montana Avalanche Center in Missoula, MT. He earned a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from the Snow and Avalanche Laboratory at Montana State University, where he studied associations between atmospheric patterns and deep persistent slab avalanches. While finishing school, he spent a season as an intern at the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, and became actively involved in their education program. He has also worked as an instructor for the American Avalanche Institute, teaching everything from Rec 1 courses to National Avalanche School Pro field sessions. He is still very active in the research community, and is currently working on a project developing large-scale, GIS-based automated avalanche terrain maps with an international research team, as well as several projects relating atmospheric patterns to avalanche cycles in the western U.S. His motivation for all of the school and research and work comes from his drive to be out in the mountains and his desire to share that passion with anyone else around. If there isn’t any snow on the ground, you can find Andrew on his mountain bike, playing bluegrass with friends, landscaping, or getting in way over his head with renovation projects at his house in Livingston, MT.