Will Paden


By using my skills and experience from the Avalanche industry, I hope to make significant contributions to products designed for avalanche rescue.

Professional Experience

  • Director for WARI L.L.C.: Olympic Valley, CA – 2005-present
    Development team for The AVI VEST
  • Placer County Sheriff SAR Avalanche Dog Team: Olympic Valley, CA – 2004-present
  • Helicopter Ski Guide Points North Heli-Adventures: Cordova, AK – 2002-present
  • Avalanche Forecaster/Professional Ski Patroller: Squaw Valley USA Ski Patrol – 1996-present
    Avalanche Control, Explosives and Rescue Instructor, Avalanche Control Route Leader
  • Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit: Whistler British Columbia – Winter 2010
    As a CARDA member, contracted for avalanche rescue team during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games
  • Ice Axe Expeditions Ski Guide: Truckee, CA – 2008
  • Professional Ski Patrol: Northstar at Tahoe Truckee, CA – 1995-1996
  • Professional Ski Patrol: Mad River Glen Waitsfield, VT – 1994-1995
  • Founder: Kinbasket Adventure Heli-tours Revelstoke, BC – 1992-1996
  • Professional Ski Instructor: Sugarbush Ski Resort Waitsfield, VT – 1991-1993
  • Home Builder: NorthLake Tahoe, CA – 1992-present


  • University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
    B.S. Recreation Management – 1993
  • Wilderness-EMT Certified
    SOLO North Conway, New Hampshire – 1993
  • Level 3 Avalanche Certification
    American Avalanche Institute, Jackson, WY – 1999
  • American Mountain Guide Association Level 1 Ski Guide Course
    Alpine Skills International, Donner, CA – 2000
  • International Snow Science Workshop
    2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • US HELISKI Guide Member , Level 3 Mechanized Ski Guide
  • CARDA – Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association
    Certified Dog Handler with Rasco
  • Squaw Valley Ski Patrol Olympic Valley, CA – 2000-present
  • CA Blasters’ License – 1998-present
  • All Mountain Ski Pro (AMSP) Certified Instructor

Related skills

  • Extensive experience in all forms of climbing and skiing both independently and as a guide. Experience includes high-altitude alpine climbing in the Himalayas (Ama Dablam 1999) to high-level ski descents in Alaska (Denali 2000)
  • 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

He’s always the guy with the biggest smile in the room – and is contagious.