Bruce was the Director of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center for 29 years from 1986 to 2015. Bruce grew up skiing in the mountains of western Montana where his father taught him the basics of avalanches at the age of 10. After a successful ski-racing career, he did avalanche control at Bridger Bowl Ski Area in Montana, earned a master’s degree in Geology from Montana State University—studying under the well-known avalanche scientists Dr. John Montagne and Dr. Bob Brown. He then took over as the Director of Avalanche Control at Big Sky Ski Area in Montana and worked as a backcountry avalanche forecaster for the Alaska Avalanche Center.
He has been featured in numerous national and international television documentaries about avalanches including those produced by National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and PBS, and he regularly appears on national network news programs. Bruce wrote the books Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain and Avalanche Essentials, both published by Mountaineers Books.
This talk starts with an entertaining, 15-minute video that brings everyone up to speed on what avalanches are, how they work, what makes them so dangerous, and the basics of how to stay safe in avalanche terrain. This is followed by a PowerPoint presentation about the specifics of avalanche rescue, both companion rescue and response […]