Anchorage, Alaska, United States
My name is Bobby Lieberman and I live in Anchorage, Alaska.
For a living, I work construction in the summers and teach avalanche safety in the winters. I’m currently in school as a pre-nursing major at UAA. I am passionate about breakfast burritos, my moms black/raspberry pies and getting outside.
I think it is important for us to realize that snowboarder turns are better. It gives us an unachievable gold standard that ultimately builds character and style points. Every day, I try to remind myself about having fun.
I get a kick out of being on mountains whether its skiing, climbing, mountain biking or braaapping (snowmachining). Check my instagram @bobbyliebs to see what shenanigans I’m up to. See you on the hill!
Why did you join the Community Snow Observations project last winter?
I joined the CSO because its easy and it is a way for me to make a difference in the snow world.
What does the term Citizen Science mean to you?
Citizen Science means that anyone can provide valuable data and be a part of a team rad scientists!
What is your experience/background in snow science?
My background in snow science started out as more of a passion. I had a desire to ski big Alaska lines like the pro’s. Naturally I had to start learning what was safe/unsafe and what generally makes conditions more or less rideable. I became interested in snowpack through a necessity to read it. Which then lead me to teach avalanche safety courses and share what information I’ve learned.
Why should more people join Community Snow Observations this winter?
Because you can win sick prizes and make a difference in the snow world! Taking a probe depth takes like 45 seconds, after 20 or so measurements I started to feel like I was actually getting a better picture of snow distribution on the mountain in a way I would not have seen or cared had it not been for the CSO project. Not to mention people will think you’re an “avalanche expert” if you’re getting your probe out on a regular basis and recording data.