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Forecasters for the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center

Nick Meyers, Forecaster

A Northern California native who grew up in Graeagle, CA, Nick Meyers was appointed Lead Climbing Ranger and Avalanche Forecaster in 2010.  His career on Mount Shasta began as a summer internship back in 2002 while attending Feather River and Western State College for a degree in Recreation Leadership and Business.  Nick’s mountain sense and technical skills have developed and evolved much from his own personal climbing and ski missions.  Nick has scaled the Dolomites, skied Colorado’s 14ers and motorcycled the deserts and mountains of the Western United States on his dirt bike.  His adventurous spirit and fearless leadership commands our team of rangers in the high stress and high risk operations of Search and Rescue on Mount Shasta. Nick is also the Director of the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center, issuing avalanche advisories and teaching awareness and companion rescue courses for the winter months.  In 2022, Nick will have worked as a ranger on Mt. Shasta for 20 years!

Nick also randomly landed the front cover of Popular Mechanics.

From that, a couple articles ensued. Click on the links below to check them out and learn more about Nick!

Aaron Beverly, Forecaster

Aaron began his outdoor career as an apprentice at Headwaters Outdoor School in 2002 after leaving a job in the tech industry of Silicon Valley. He has worked as a mountain and ski guide for SWS Mountain Guides on Mount Shasta and the Sierras for over 10 years, is a lead patroller at the Mount Shasta Ski Park, fully certified by the Association of Proffesional Patrollers, and owns the local whitewater rafting outfitter River Dancers. He is co-founder of Shasta Disabled Sports, a non-profit providing year round recreational activities and adaptive learning to people with special needs. His small business NorCal Planet provides web site and other digital services to busineses in the region. He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas. In addition to being a great shoveler, he brings a diverse set of skills to the job. When not working, he is building a small off-grid cabin in the woods on the east side of Mt. Shasta.

Ryan Lazzeri, Forecaster

The US Forest Service team and Mt Shasta community would like to extend a warm welcome to Ryan Lazzeri. Ryan applied for and received a permanent position with the USFS Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center and Climbing Rangers this past fall 2021. Ryan cut his teeth on the other 14,000-foot Cascade volcano: Mount Rainier. He spent six seasons there as an NPS climbing ranger and helicopter rescue team member, performing routine mountaineering patrols, protecting the mountain and its visitors, and rescuing stranded and injured climbers. During this time he spent eight winters ski patrolling, first at Mount Bachelor, OR, and then in Telluride, CO, where he also worked as a backcountry ski guide. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, he started skiing and hiking in the mountains at a young age. In college, while guiding mountain biking tours in the summer, Ryan discovered that it’s possible to make a living outside doing fun things. He’s been doing this since and loving it. Ryan is an EMT, PRO 2 avalanche certified, an AMGA assistant ski guide, and has over 200 hours of professional technical rope rescue training and experience. He has also climbed and skied throughout the Western U.S. In his free time he enjoys long rock climbs in the alpine, playing music, and floating down rivers, which he believes is the perfect metaphor for life.