Originally from the Matanuska Valley, Chelsea grew up playing in the Talkeetna and Chugach mountains at every opportunity. Her love for the outdoors landed her in Juneau to complete a certificate in Outdoor Studies through the University of Alaska Southeast. While completing the certificate, she was bamboozled into sticking around and enrolling in an Outdoor Adventure Studies bachelor degree. She called Juneau her home for 5 years, balancing exploration of glaciers, the Coast Mountains and the Tonagass National Forest with academics. During the summer of 2014, Chelsea received an internship at the Alaska Mountaineering School, where she now works as a mountaineering instructor and guide on Denali and the surrounding Alaska Range peaks. The new job transplanted her back to south central Alaska in the spring of 2015. That spring, Chelsea took her Level 2 with Alaska Avalanche School and discovered a new passion for snow science and avalanche education.