While working as a ski patroller in the French Alps in his early twenties, Robert became interested in the science of snow and worked to gain a PhD in snow forecasting. He then moved to Switzerland to work for the Davos-based Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. And that’s where the magic began.

Nowadays, his 35 years of experience means that he is highly sought after by mountain guides, ski patrollers, ski instructors and engineers to advise on snow’s characteristics and behavior. He helps local bodies avoid avalanche damage to roads, mountain passes, ski resorts and dams, and with this expertise is a crucial member of the Swisskisafari team. A regular guest on local radio and television shows, Robert’s expert understanding of the winter environment helps people live and work in harmony with the Alps.