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Thu, December 16, 2021

Wendy Wagner

Wendy began working with the CNFAIC during the 2010/11 winter season. She comes from the Wasatch Mountains of Utah where she was not only born, raised and learned to ski, but melded into the avalanche field under the mentorship of the Utah Avalanche Center. She has a Master’s degree in atmospheric sciences from the University of Utah, with an emphasis in mountain weather and snow science. Wendy has presented her research at the Mountain Meteorological Conference and multiple ISSW’s. Two of her projects, co-authored with Utah Avalanche Center forecasters, include monitoring near surface faceting and defining travel advice for the avalanche problems. Wendy spent time in Anchorage during her first career as a US Ski Team Nordic athlete and is a two time Olympian (2002 and 2006). She is a Professional member of the American Avalanche association and a wilderness first responder. Any spare time found is spent perfecting her snowmachine powder skills and geeking out over snow grains. In the summer, she can be found commercial fishing on her family’s set-net site on Kodiak, exploring Alaska’s mountain bike trails or smoke forecasting for wildfires.