|Adrianne ThatcherRecreation Staff Officer||
Adrianne started working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1987 as a summer seasonal recreation Forestry Technician, working in multiple FS districts along the Eastern Sierra Front from Lee Vining to Lone Pine. She received her permanent appointment in 2004 as the Recreation Manager for the Inyo National Forest based in Mammoth Lakes. In 2009, shortly before Adrianne arrived in Bridgeport as the new Recreation Staff Officer in 2010, Congress created the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) and mandated the U.S. Forest Service to manage the newly designated Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area. Adrianne embarked upon staffing the BWRA and starting a new avalanche center and has never looked back since.
|Ryan LewthwaiteAvalanche Specialist||
Last season Ryan was the Snowmobile Ranger @ the BWRA & took on the role of Avalanche Specialist for the BAC. Previously he worked for the Chugach, Routt-Medicine Bow and White River National Forests, accumulating ten years of government service. Each fall he is foreman of a snowmaking crew @ Copper Mountain, Colorado. Ryan hails from Rome, NY & has his BS in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh. After nearly 30 years of ski/snowboard/snowmobile experience & an AIARE Level II avalanche certification, Ryan will continue his avalanche education by taking the PRO 1 bridge exam in February @ Squaw Valley. In his free time Ryan enjoys splitboarding & mountain biking with his husky dog Summit.
|Brett FlahartySnowmobile Patroller||
Brett is coming to Bridgeport from the Sierra National Forest, where he was a Snowmobile Ranger @ the Huntington Lake SnoPark & Kaiser Pass Winter Recreation Area. Brett has been with the Forest Service for five years & most recently as a Wilderness Ranger on the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Montana. Although he calls York, PA his hometown; he has spent the last seven years working and recreating in the west, even accomplishing a thru-hike of our Pacific Crest Trail. Brett has been skiing and snowboarding for the past 11 years and in the last four years has taken those skills to the backcountry. He has his Aiare Level 1 and is very excited to join the BAC staff this year.
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