Brian started riding every weekend with his bothers and dad shortly after moving to Colorado in '93. “Sleds in those days were a lot different; I remember when we were some of the first of our friends to get ‘long tracks’ in '96. Since then, I have never looked back.” Brian has had the privilege to call the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado and southern Wyoming his playground for most of his life.
Since he was young, his father always made Brian and his brothers attend annual ‘refresher’ backcountry survival and avalanche courses. “Those classes are something that now, I can look back at my life and remember the good times. My brothers and I always looked forward to a couple hours in class just before season started. It was a teaser of that snow was coming, and solidified that our season was about to begin. Now, I am very excited to be able to share my life of experiences with everyone.”
Brian dedicates endless hours to learning more about avalanches. “My education continues with every class I attend or put on”, he admits, “There is always more to learn when it comes to making sure you get home”. Brian has been working very closely with the experts of snow at the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education [AIRE], to develop a motorized-user program that addresses both the style and the vast expanse of terrain that we, as motorized users, traverse each day.
Brian has to practice what he preaches; when he is on the snow Brian asserts that he performs stability tests and keeps an eye out for ‘red flags’. "It is imperative that I pay attention to the conditions and check the bulletin before I ride."
His credentials include A.I.A.R.E. course lead and Wilderness First Responder. He has been an active participant on the developement of a standardized cirriculum for education. He is a member of the American Avalanche Association and has been published by the International Snow and Science Workshop not to mention countless articles in multiple snowmobile magazines, quarterlies and papers. Brian has also been recognised as a motorized advisor to A.I.A.R.E as well, due to his commitments to furthing an international cirriculum.