Jacob Urban

Jacob Urban

Teton Snow Geek

Over the last 23 years my experience in the outdoor industry has spanned the roles of undergraduate professor, mountain guide, program director, instructor, corporate &  SAR trainer to television personality &  host.

I founded, own and operate the Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute, Inc. An educational think tank devoted to developing and delivering curriculum in the areas of avalanche education and pre-hospital emergency medical training in the urban and wilderness environments.

Currently, I am an Adjunct Faculty member at Central Wyoming College and Northern Vermont University, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 & 2 Course Leader, Instructor & Pro Trainer, American Mountain Guides (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), State of Wyoming EMS Coordinator, Evaluator & Instructor, American Heart Association Instructor and American Red Cross Instructor.

I support the interests of education through my involvement as a member of the Education Review Committee for the American Avalanche Association and Advisory Board Member for AIARE. In my free time you can find me sliding on the snow, running over the dirt and scrambling over the rocks in the Tetons.


Current Positions

Adjunct Faculty:
Central Wyoming College

Adjunct Faculty:
Northern Vermont University

Course Leader, Instructor Trainer:
American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)

Committee Member:
Education Review Committee / American Avalanche Association


Certified Single Pitch Instructor:
American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT):

EMT & EMS Coordinator, Evaluator & Instructor:

  • State of Wyoming EMS
  • NREMT Program Coordinator


  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • SOLO Wilderness Medicine
  • AIARE Course Leader

Continuing Education

  • National Ski Patrol Avalanche Level I (1996)
  • American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), Avalanche Level 2 (January 2005)
  • AMGA: Ski Guides Course, Aspen, CO (January 2006)
  • AIARE Level 3 (March 2008)
  • AIARE Instructor Training Course Level 1 Winter Park, CO (2008)
  • AIARE Instructor Training Course Level 2 Crested Butte, CO (2009)
  • AMGA: Ski Enhancement Course For Ski Guides, Sugar Bowl, CA (Feb. 2010)
  • National Ski Patrol: Instructor Development Course, Jackson WY (Oct. 2010)
  • National Avalanche School, Graduate Phase 1, Snowbird, UT (October 2011)
  • Rigging for Rescue: High Angle Rescue Level 1 Technician (Sept 2011)
  • Rigging for Rescue: High Angle Rescue Refresher (August 2013)
  • Rigging for Rescue: For the ALS/BLS Provider (August 2013)
  • Rigging for Rescue: High Angle Rescue Refresher (June 2017)
  • American Avalanche Association Pro Trainers Workshop (March 2017)
  • Teton County Search and Rescue
    • Since 2010 over 1000 hours of training in: High and Steep Angle Rescue Rigging, Avalanche Explosive Mitigation, Incident Command, Missing Persons, Helicopter Operations, Navigation, ELT Search, Avalanche Beacon Search, Snowmobile Operations, Medical Protocols.
  • National Fire Academy: Incident Command System
  • State of Vermont Fire Service Training Council: Hazardous Material
  • A-101 Aviation Safety – Interagency Training
  • A-104 Aircraft Capabilities and Limitations – Interagency Training
  • A-105 Aviation Life Support Equipment – Interagency Training
  • A-108 Preflight Checklist and Debriefing – Interagency Training
  • A-113 Crash Survival – Interagency Training
  • A-115 Automated Flight Following – Interagency Training
  • A-204 Aircraft Capabilities and Limitations – Interagency Training
  • FEMA, Emergency Management Institute, ICS-100
  • FEMA, Emergency Management Institute, ICS-200
  • FEMA, Emergency Management Institute, NIMS-700