We gentlemen (forecasters) at Mountain Weather Masters have over 150 combined years of experience forecasting weather and avalanches. All of us have spent most of our lives wandering around the mountains and deserts of the world acquiring the necessary skills and experiences to pass onto others as teachers, guides and weather and avalanche forecasters. We have accumulated many years working with the motion picture and television industries providing timely and accurate customized weather forecasts.
Joe Ramey has enjoyed a 36 year career in weather forecasting and climate, including seventeen as a National Weather Service forecaster in western Colorado. As an Incident Meteorologist, Joe provided on-site disaster weather support across the Intermountain West. He has experience forecasting at various geographic-time scales, from national-seasonal outlooks, regional-weekly periods, to site specific-short term periods for wildfires, search and rescue missions, and public events.
Joe has an intimate understanding of the microclimates in western Colorado and eastern Utah, along with forecast model regional biases and the latest forecasting techniques for the complex terrain of Colorado and eastern Utah. Joe has extensive experience presenting weather and climate information to the public and decision makers, from wildfire crews to emergency managers.
Jerry Roberts has enjoyed a career in the weather and avalanche forecasting business for thirty-five years. He has forecasted for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Colorado Department of Transportation for southwest Colorado highways, as well as the Chilean mining industry. He has consulted and forecasted for various snow industry concerns such as ski areas, ski guides, helicopter and snowcat operations.
Jerry has provided site specific weather forecasts for motion picture and commercial projects since 1982. His latest outing was with Quentin Tarantino's motion picture,The Hateful 8, filmed in Telluride, Colorado. Jerry is skilled at communicating complex meteorology phenomenon for a myriad of clients including film production crews.
Mike Friedman’s career in the mountains as a weather forecaster and risk manager spans twenty-five years. His positions include lead guide and avalanche forecaster for Telluride Helitrax (Colorado’s premier helicopter skiing operation), avalanche consultant to the Colorado Department of Highways, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and various Colorado gold and silver mines. He has also provided pinpoint weather forecasts for a number of motion picture, documentary and commercial projects.
Mike’s own production company, Peregrine Pictures, produced and owns an extensive library of avalanche footage shot in 35mm, 8/70mm, Super 16mm and HD. His footage is represented by Getty Images. He is also the Managing Partner of Adventure Partners, an adventure consultant to the luxury resort industry.
Peter Lev has been a respected weather/avalanche forecaster and mountaineer for half a century. He has worked as a US Forest Service Snow Ranger at Alta Utah, was a principle of the Exum Mountain Guide Service in the Tetons, worked as an avalanche forecaster and heli-ski guide in Canada, and participated in seven Himalayan expeditions. Due to his weather and avalanche forecasting responsibilities he experienced a need for improved long-range weather forecasting, which led to his becoming a principle in Global Weather Outlooks (G/WX), a long-range weather research and forecasting business.
G/WX has primarily focused on providing Outlooks for the Corn Belt and agricultural interests. In addition, Peter has prepared long range weather forecasts for several Himalayan expeditions, including the BBC Mt. Everest George Mallory Search Expedition, motion picture and commercial projects.
Denny Hogan is one of the most experienced and skilled individuals in the weather and avalanche forecasting industries. He’s worked as a weather and avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, various Colorado ski areas and is recently retired Snow Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service. He has created weather and avalanche safety products for backcountry travelers, ski areas, highway operations, state agencies, and rescue groups.
Weather forecasting software experience includes using AWIPS, Tableau, ArcGIS and Google apps. Denny’s strengths are communicating and collaborating with diverse end users, state and federal agencies, avalanche centers, ski guides, national snow researchers, and colleagues in varied settings.
susan x billings, a special friend and artist extraordinaire, generously allowed us to use one of her woodblock prints for our homepage background. Susie’s natural abilities were fine-tuned in the early 70's at the American Academy in Paris and at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she majored in glass blowing, studying with Dale Chihuly.
Since those early days, she has paid the bills as a graphic designer and evolved into a studio artist and painter working in many different mediums. She is a director and instructor for painting seminars in Provence, Bali, Mexico and California. Please check out her webpage susanxbillings.com