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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.  

Nick also landed the front cover 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 Sorenson, Forecaster

Ryan grew up in northern Wyoming learning from an early age to snowboard, ski, and climb in the Big Horn Mountains, the Tetons, and the Beartooth Range of Montana. Ryan followed his passion for the outdoors and moved west in 2008. He graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in environmental science where he also was a successful collegiate runner.

Beyond college, his aspirations focused on leading and studing in an alpine environment. His desire for mountaineering, climbing, and back country snowboarding and skiing led him to Mt. Shasta where he was able to hone his guiding skills and share his passion and expertise of traveling in the mountains. Ryan guided for Shasta Mountain Guides for three summers and worked a short stint as a professional ski patroller in Tahoe. In 2015, Ryan was drawn to the Sierra Nevadas, moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, and guided full time for International Alpine Guides.

Ryan has since moved back to Mt. Shasta to forecast for the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center, issuing avalanche advisories and teaching awareness and companion rescue courses for the winter months. Ryan has a quiet, yet humble and professional demeanor with an excellent mountain sense and an adventurous spirit. When not working, he can be found running the trails, fly fishing and even learning to surf.