Zach is from Bethesda, Maryland where his parents took him outdoors to hike, ski, and camp at a young age. Spending time in the mountains year-round throughout his life built a passion for the outdoors and studying weather systems. From 2014-2018, he attended the State University of New York at Oswego to obtain his B.S. in meteorology. He studied and forecasted lake-effect snow systems in upstate New York for the NY Department of Transportation and local school districts. After achieving his undergraduate degree, Zach got a real taste of his passions when he interned at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. Experiencing over 100mph winds and studying extreme weather and climate in a rugged environment was a lifelong dream complete.
Zach started at Plymouth State University in the Fall of 2019 to obtain a M.S. in Applied Meteorology where he started forecasting at OpenSnow, continuing research in snow science on Mount Washington while also ski instructing at Loon Mountain. When not studying weather or snow-chasing, Zach is hiking, rock climbing, fishing, camping, and baking some delicious bread by the end of the day!