Researcher profile for Peter Bilous
Peter is the Programme Manager for our Avalanche Risk Management & Snowsport Instructing Programmes. He is qualified in Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics, but changed career path after many years to work in the mountains as a ski instructor, ski patroller and ski guide before moving on to teaching. He is a fully qualified national and international (NZSIA and ISIA) Telemark Ski Instructor Examiner and past National Divisional Director, Technical Director and NZSIA Executive Committee Member. He was selected to represent New Zealand for 3 consecutive Interski demonstration events in Norway, Switzerland and South Korea.
Continuing to test theory and practice, Peter prioritises being current in industry and actively ski guides and avalanche forecasts around the globe. He is experienced in maritime to continental snowpacks from Alaska to the Himalaya, Japan to Canada and USA to NZ.
Peter has completed a New Zealand adult teaching qualification and has been well recognised for his efforts in the field of teaching. He was cited for an Otago Polytechnic Teaching Award in 2009 and the Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching National Award in 2011. Peter is also very active in the area of mountain and avalanche safety. In fact, risk management is central to his teaching & guiding; he teaches all clients and students to understand the risks posed by the mountains, and how to mitigate those risks.
He considers himself very fortunate to have the worlds largest whiteboard - the mountains, to share his passion for the mountains. Peter believes in maximizing the fun factor out there such that we can return and do it all again.