Erich Peitzsch

Physical Scientist
West Glacier, MT


Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
c/o Glacier National Park
West Glacier, MT 59936-0128

Phone 406-888-7925
Fax 406-888-7923

MS. Earth Sciences (Snow Science). 2009. Montana State University, Bozeman

BA. Environmental Studies. 2000. Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR


  • Avalanche forecasting
  • Avalanche safety education
  • Snow surveys
  • Remote weather station operation
  • GIS and mapping
  • Stream/hydrologic surveys

  • Research Interests
    My main interests lie in the realm of snow and ice. Previous projects include investigating wet snow avalanche processes, such as water movement in the snowpack and its implications for wet slab avalanches. Working as an avalanche forecaster for the spring opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park allows me to continue work on wet snow avalanche projects such as glide slab avalanches. I am also interested in investigating ecological change associated with avalanches, avalanche runout probability, and the relationship between climate and avalanches. Other research interests include monitoring mass balance of small mountain catchment glaciers.