Jessie Janowski grew up nordic ski racing in far northern Vermont. She transitioned in 2001 to earning steep and deep backcountry turns while in college and continued exploring undeveloped mountains through post-grad and medical school. Jessie took her first avalanche course in Vermont in 2010 and got hooked on the science side of snow evaluation and complexities of human decision making in the mountains. After completing her orthopedic surgical fellowship training in New York City she was presented with the decision of whether to go big or go back home, so she moved to Alaska. Jessie took her Level 2 Course with Alaska Avalanche School in 2016, and completed the Mountain Weather Forecasting class in 2017. She was asked to join the Board of Directors in 2018. She is currently trying to add deep powder snowmachine driving skills to her quiver of backcountry skills.