Erich Peitzsch

Lead Forcaster - U.S. Geological Survey/Glacier National Park

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Erich has been fascinated with snow and avalanches for over 15 years. He is a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey in West Glacier, MT, the lead forecaster for the USGS/GNP Going-to-the-Sun Road Avalanche Program in Glacier National Park, and the former Director of the Flathead Avalanche Center. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Snow Science at Montana State University. Before moving to northwest Montana, he completed his Masters of Science in Snow Science at Montana State University in Bozeman in 2009. He has presented at numerous International Snow Science Workshops and regional professional development workshops throughout western North America. Erich started his professional avalanche career working as a professional ski patroller alongside the great avalanche hunters at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, CA. Erich is a Certified Instructor, board member, and professional member with the American Avalanche Association. When not working in the snow, you just may find him chasing his young sons through the trees on skis, running and climbing in the mountains, and staring at the computer monitor scratching his head.