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Madeline Dunn

Hi, I'm Madeline. Ski-mountaineering and I are going steady. I grew up ski racing on ice in the Midwest with glimpses of westward powder here and there. Earning my turns opened up new aspects to the sport of skiing I never knew could be so appealing. The meditation I experience while in the mountains is hard to match elsewhere. I am an AIARE Instructor, backcountry-ski guide, and a professional ski patroller at Sunlight Resort in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I love instructing AIARE avalanche courses because, for some students, it's the first time they have ever felt comfortable enough to speak up in their group, break trail for the first time, or lead a tranciever check at the beginning of the day. I get to watch people who were followers become leaders in a matter of a few hours. I organize women specific events for The Babes of Aspen: a female empowerment group in my home town. I help to educate women on backcountry decision making and travel, curate mindfulness workshops, and host Wax and Wine events. I am AIARE Level 1 & 2 Instructor and OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care) certified. I am currently pursuing an independent study with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center focusing on the development of ground level crystal structures, ""depth hoar"", and how they impact avalanche propagation and recreational travel. I would eventually like to go back to school to pursue a PhD in snow science and this is a potential research topic for me to explore.


Aspen, CO


ORTOVOX, Subaru, Aspen Ski Co, Nordica, Feathered Friends, Grass Sticks, PROBAR, Nuun Hydration, Zinka Sunscreen


To empower women through avalanche education and mindfulness.

Why Ortovox?

ORTOVOX is a classic example of German excellence. This brand takes time to push out product and pays extreme attention to detail. Safety is never compromised. In fact, its at the forefront. And, in my opinion, nothing beats wool!

Favorite Summit

Volcan Villarrica in Pucon, Chile- I saw lava spraying out of the crater standing on the crest of the summit before skiing down for the Red Bull Out of Hell competition.

Best Descent

Mt. Rainier on the June solstice 2018. Free-solo ice climbed and self-baleyed ski descent of the Kautz glacier and ice chute. 18 hours starting at 10:00 pm and climbing through the shortest night of the year. We were turned around trying to super tour (up the Katuz, down the Finger) in the upper Nisqually Glacier by a show-stopper crack in the ice. We ended up climbing over 12,000 ft.

Safety Tip

As far as beacons go, my standard is to always turn it on when I put it on and turn it off when I take it off. By getting into this groove we can better mitigate tragic backcounty accidents.


Climbing 18 volcanoes in 25 days June 2018; Climbing 11 cascade volcanoes in 21 days May 2017; Backcountry skiing every month since December 2015; Self-guided missions in Argentina, Chile, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah & Colorado; Completing the Three Sisters Traverse Marathon May 26th 2017; Competing in the Junior Olympics 2005-2007 finishing 6th in downhill; Graduating from the Univeristy of Michigan with Honors and a 3.9 GPA while also being captain of University of Michigan Ski Team.

The art is in the process.
Madeline Dunn