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Brennan Lagasse

Brennan Lagasse: educator, writer, ski guide, athlete and sometimes photographer

Home Base: West Shore, Lake Tahoe, California


◦BA Colgate University, N.Y.

◦MA and Two Graduate Credentials, Humboldt State University, CA

◦PhD student in Sustainability Education, Prescott College, AZ

◦AIARE Level I and II Avalanche Certifications

◦CPR Certified

◦Wilderness First Responder 2009, Recert 2012, 2015, 2018

◦Trained in Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel; Rope Works Training, 2012, 2014, 2015

◦Leave No Trace Certified


Lead Educator: Ice Axe Impact School 

Biocultural Innovator: Regenerate Media

Freelance Writer/Photographer: Ski Industry, Travel, Action Sports, Music, Sustainability

Faculty Member, Sierra Nevada College: Humanities and Social Science Department; Science and Technology Department; Business Department;  Club Advisor and Sustainability Professor

Ski Guide: Points North Heli-Adventures; Ice Axe Expeditions; 40 Tribes; NASTC

Social Media


Facebook Personal 

Facebook State of the Backcountry 


Ski Training

Extensive Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA and throughout North America

Several Backcountry Focused Ski Trips Throughout Alaska

Ski Descents on all 7 of the World’s Continents; First Descents on 6 Continents; Guiding on 5 Continents

Guiding on Denali, AK for Mountain Trip, 2010

Assistant to Ice Axe Expeditions and Warren Miller Ent., Antarctica, 2009; Antarctic Ski Guide for Ice Axe Expeditions 2015, 2016, 2017

Preliminary Backcountry Feasibility Study, Points North Heli-Adventures, Chugach Mountains, Alaska, 2011; Alaskan Backcountry Ski Guide 2012-present; Helicopter and Backcountry Ski Guide for Warren Miller Ent., 2015; Backcountry Ski Guide for Finding the Line Film, 2017

International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) Attendee/Volunteer, Squaw Valley, 2010

Co-guide to 79 degrees north for Ice Axe Expeditions, Arctic Norway (Svalbard), 2013

Member of Exploratory Ski Expedition, Including Feasibility Study for Future Guests, Sisimiut, Greenland, 2014 ; Return Expedition, 2015, 2017

Guiding in Gulmarg, Kashmir Himalaya, 2015

Trained Guides and Guiding for Homewood Snowcat Adventures, Lake Tahoe, CA, 2016

Private Ski Guide, NASTAC, Lake Tahoe, CA, 2016-present

Sailboat and Ski co-guide for Ice Axe Expeditions, Iceland, 2016

Expedition Support Team, Kaktovik, Alaska, 2017

Co-guide, Exploratory Ski Expedition to the Kang Yatze Massif, Indian Himalaya, with a successful first ski descent from 20,084′, June 2017

Exploratory ski descents in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, 2018


Flylow, 2016-present

Praxis Skis, 2012-present

Intuition Liners, 2012-present

Hestra, 2016-present

Alpenglow Sports, 2012-present

Winter Wildlands Alliance, 2014-present

Protect Our Winters (POW) Alliance, 2018-present

Julbo USA, 2014-present

Honey Stinger, 2014-present

G3, 2016-present


Conferences: The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (2015; 2016); 11th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability (2015); California Avalanche Workshop (2014); South Lake Tahoe Sustainability Symposium (2009), North Coast Regional Conference and Education Summit (2005; 2007), Wild and Scenic Film Festival (2004)

Slideshows: Chugach, AK (2011 The Backcountry, 2012 Alpenglow Sports); Svalbard (2013, Alpenglow Sports); Greenland (2014, Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema); Kullu Valley, Gulmarg Kashmir, Indian Himalaya (2015, Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema); Iceland (2016, Tahoe Arts Haus & Cinema); Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (2017, Alpenglow Sports; 2018 Mammoth Lakes Adventure Series); Indian Himalaya (2017, Tahoe Arts Haus & Cinema)

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