Peter Veals (president)
Peter grew up in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, where the copious amounts of wilderness and wide open spaces allowed him to develop an addiction to the backcountry and nurtured his occasionally-seen country side. Peter moved to Norman, Oklahoma to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from OU, and although he suffered through serious skiing withdrawals, chasing big tornadoes provided enough adrenaline to help him survive life as a meteorologist on the Great Plains. He decided to come back west to continue his weather studies, and is now a Ph.D. student in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah. He has no plans to ever leave the Mountain West again. When not busy herding the unruly USW forecasters, Peter enjoys almost any outdoor sport, including taking Trey on long ski tours fueled by the gummy bears and gummy worms from Trey’s pack.
Trey grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, about as far from any skiing as you can get. When he wasn’t busy dodging alligators and eating Cajun food, he made frequent trips to the coast to surf the occasional decent waves served up by the Gulf of Mexico. This love of surfing led Trey to develop his laid-back personality and beautiful golden locks of hair that many of the other USW forecasters are quite envious of. Trey earned his bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, where he spent much of his spare time chasing tornadoes. After graduation, he moved to Salt Lake City to pursue his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah. Trey now applies his surfing skills to the mountains and can be seen shredding the Wasatch on most winter weekends.
Tom is one of many East Coast skiers who have moved to Utah and will probably be ruined for life. He used to think that the 300 inches per year that Stowe claimed was actually “a lot of snow,” but his powder snobbery is quickly taking shape as he prepares for his 2nd ski season in the Cottonwoods. Tom grew up in Boston, and received his Bachelor’s in Meteorology from Penn State University. Tom was stuck in central PA while Boston had its snowiest winter on record, so when he decided to purse his M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, the University of Utah was a natural choice. Please support Tom as he adjusts to the transition from skiing bulletproof rain crusts to sweet Utah powder.
Taylor hails from the rolling green hills of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and received her B.S. in Meteorology from OU. She and Peter make sure to remind the rest of the USW forecasters that their undergrad program was pretty much the best…especially better than Penn State. It doesn’t really snow in Oklahoma, but when it does, it’s often a blizzard with 50 mph winds and blinding snow. There are also ice storms, which aren’t really good for skiing. So Taylor came here to pursue her M.S. in Atmospheric Science, and is a big fan of Utah winters so far. It is also important to note that unlike many other skiers from Oklahoma and Texas, Taylor does not ski in jeans.
Alex Lukinbeal grew up in a small town just outside of Portland, OR, where he suffered from snow withdrawals for most of his life. He spent his childhood climbing active volcanoes, fishing, and camping in the backcountry woods of the Cascade Mountains. If you can’t find Alex climbing across precarious mountain ridgelines, then he is probably on the golf course. Alex moved to Salt Lake City to pursue an undergraduate degree in Atmospheric Sciences.
Alex Weech was born in Salt Lake and grew up in central New Hampshire skiing during the winter and trail running year-round. He came back to Salt Lake to experience city life while still having mountains nearby–though it was painful when the Cottonwoods were experiencing one of their lowest snowfall years on record and New England was seeing storm after storm. He spend much of his free time hiking in the Wasatch with favorites being in the Lone Peak Wilderness (the granite reminds him of home). Alex will also be running in the hills around campus exploring long trails deep into the mountains.