Over the past 18 years Tom has worked extensively in the outdoor industry starting as a river guide and safety kayaker in South America and parts of the US and then as a Squaw Valley Ski Patroller and a Valdez H20 Heli Adventures Lead Guide.
Tom earned a degree in Physics at the University of Maryland and in recent years has earned the following certifications: Emergency Medical Technician, Level 2 Avalanche, California Blasters License Squaw Valley High Angle Team. He also actively participates in the annual International Snow Science Workshop and stays involved in training courses such as high angle/crevasse rescue skills. He is also proficient with computers, radios, GPS systems, mapping databases and digital photography.
When Tom is not working on the AVI Vest and on the mountain you can find him backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, climbing and mountain biking all over the world.
Over the past 20 years Will has diligently worked in the ski industry ranging from being a founder in the Kinbasket Adventure Heli-tours in Revelstoke, BC to a professional Ski Patroller/Avalanche Forecaster and Avalanche Control, Explosives and Rescue Instructor.
Will earned a BS degree from the University of Vermont and has the following certifications: Level 3 Avalanche, American Mountain Guide Association, Level 1 Ski Guide, Alpine Skills International, Wilderness-EMT, California Blaster, All Mountain Ski Pro Instructor (AMSP). Will is also a member of the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association and a Certified dog Handler of Rasco. Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, Olympic Valley, Ca.
Other related experiences include: All types of climbing, skiing, and guiding, ranging from high-altitude alpine climbing in the Himalayas to high-level ski descents in Alaska and over 15 years of ski mountaineering throughout the High Sierra, Chugach, Cascades, Alaska Range, Tetons, Canadian and Colorado Rockies, Selkirks and Monashees, the White Mountains, and the French Alps.
John Weinel is the founder of JTW Associates in Lakeville, Minn., which created the Nebulus Emergency Flotation Device. The Nebulus is a self-inflating raft that provides temporary flotation for submerged snowmobiles and ATVs, as well as up to three riders. Currently, over 1,200 devices are in service with emergency responders in the U.S. and Canada as a safety tool during rescue efforts on water or ice. For further information, visit nebulusflotation.com or (800) 682-8039.