Erich is serving as an avalanche specialist and the Interim Director of the Flathead Avalanche Center. He is also the lead avalanche specialist for the USGS/GNP Going-to-the-Sun Road Avalanche Program in Glacier National Park and a Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey where he studies snow and ice. Before moving to northwest Montana, he completed his Masters of Science in Snow Science at Montana State University in Bozeman in 2009. He began his avalanche career as a professional ski patroller alongside the great avalanche hunters at Alpine Meadows Ski Area in Lake Tahoe, CA. When not working in the snow, you just may find him dressed up as a superhero chasing his two young sons around, running and climbing in the mountains, and eating copious amounts of ice cream.