Adrianne Thatcher
Recreation Staff Officer

Adrianne started working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1987 as a summer seasonal recreation Forestry Technician,  working in multiple FS districts along the Eastern Sierra Front from Lee Vining to Lone Pine.  She received her permanent appointment in 2004 as the Recreation Manager for the Inyo National Forest based in Mammoth Lakes.  In 2009, shortly before Adrianne arrived in Bridgeport as the new Recreation Staff Officer in 2010, Congress created the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) and mandated the U.S. Forest Service to manage the newly designated Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area.  Adrianne embarked upon staffing the BWRA and starting a new avalanche center and has never looked back since.

Ryan Lewthwaite
Avalanche Specialist

For the last two seasons Ryan has been the Snowmobile Ranger & Avalanche Specialist @ the BWRA. On his third season Ryan has assumed the position of Meteorological Technician & Avalanche Forecaster for the Bridgeport Avalanche Center. Previously he's worked for the BLM; Chugach, Routt-Medicine Bow and White River National Forests, accumulating over ten years of government service. Each fall he is foreman of a snowmaking crew @ Copper Mountain, Colorado. Ryan hails from Rome, NY & has his BS in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh.  After nearly 30 years of ski/snowboard/snowmobile experience & an AIARE Professional Level I Bridge Exam, Ryan will continue his avalanche education by taking the AIARE Avalanche Professional Level 2. In his free time Ryan enjoys splitboarding & mountain biking with his husky dog Summit. 

Andy Farrell
Avalanche Specialist

Andy is a new addition to the BWRA team for the 2018/2019 season.  He spent summer 2018 working as a Park Ranger for the Inyo National Forest in Lone Pine, CA and is excited to explore a new region of the Sierra Nevada. Originally from Michigan, Andy spent the last eight years living throughout the American West, calling Salt Lake City, UT home for six of those winters.  He loves to backcountry ski during his free time and holds a Recreation Level II Certification from the American Avalanche Institute. 

Joe Soccio
Snowmobile Patroller

Joe is the newest Snowmobile Ranger to the BWRA. The last couple winters joe has been a pro patroller at Sunday River ski resort in Maine.  He has spent his summers working and living in the unique landscapes of the desert southwest, Panhandle of Idaho and Yosemite National Park. Joe is originally from Cato, NY and graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 2014 with a BT in Wildlife Management.  In the past year Joe has obtained an EMT and Recreational Avalanche 1 accreditation. In his free time Joe enjoys exploring with his dog Lou and rock climbing.