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The Avalanche Hour Podcast Biography


Caleb Merrill

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The Avalanche Hour Podcast Biography


Caleb Merrill

 

Caleb got his start in the snow and avalanche world while ski patrolling at Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah's Wasatch Mountain Range.   Some of his favorite memories there are of doing early morning avalanche mitigation work along Honeycomb Canyon's Fantasy Ridge.  If you've never ventured up there- it is certainly suggested.  Caleb also helped to run a lift accessed backcountry guiding program run from the resort.  After moving into the job of Assistant Director of Avalanche Mitigation at the resort, his partner in crime, Stephani Cook took a job as a Physician Assistant in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.  Caleb stayed at Solitude for one more year, gaining valuable work experience in the new role before making the move to the Rogue Valley.   At this junction in life, Caleb started working in the winters as a guide for Ruby Mountain Helicopter Experience- A helicopter ski guiding company in the beautiful Ruby Mountains of Northeast Nevada.  The company has been guiding skiers via helicopters, snow cats, and alpine touring gear in the Rubies for 40 years now, and has just completed it's first season operating out of the brand new Ruby 360 Lodge.  He feels lucky to work in such an amazing range with a great group of guides and awesome guests.  Caleb is an AIARE instructor, and tries to fill in his early and late winter season by instructing avalanche courses.  He will also be starting some training with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) to work his way through the ski guide program.  Caleb is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association, as well as a guide member of Heliski US.  In the summer, Caleb works for the Bureau of Land Management as a wildland firefighter and enjoys travelling with his wife and dog as well as riding mountain bikes and dirt bikes when the snow doesn't fly.