First Aid/CPR Program Lead Instructor

Corey Denton
Corey Denton

Courses Taught

Lead Instructor

  • Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED
  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS for HCP)
  • Emergency Medical Response (EMR)


Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Corey spent his youth as a student athlete competing in alpine ski racing, cross country running, and track and field.  He continued his passion for skiing in college where he raced his first two years for the Division 1 University of New Hampshire Ski Team while receiving a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.  After graduating he decided that seasonal work in the outdoors was better than a “real job.”  Since 2004 he has split his time ski patrolling at Mammoth Mountain (MMSP) in the winter and in Alaska during the summer guiding trips for Above and Beyond Alaska (ABAK) and instructing courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).  In each of these jobs Corey has taken an instructor role as the rookie and gondola evacuation trainer for MMSP, operations manager/lead guide and trainer for ABAK, and as a field instructor for NOLS.  The shoulder season of October provides him an excellent opportunity to visit family, travel overseas, and do personal expeditions.  In all of his pursuits, he brings an infectious enthusiasm for the outdoors and sharing his knowledge with others.

Professional Background

  • NOLS (formerly National Outdoor Leadership School) Senior Field Faculty (2006-present)
    • Ages 16+
    • Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking, Caving, Rock Climbing Courses
    • Instruction in leadership skills, outdoor ethics, wilderness travel, natural history, wilderness first aid, and technical skills for the specific course type
  • Above and Beyond Alaska, LLC Part Owner and Lead Guide (2003-present)
    • Organizes and conducts annual employee training, coaches staff during season
    • Lead Guide for single and multi-day sea kayaking and glacier trekking trips with clients of all ages
  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Professional Ski Patrol Manager (2004-present)
    • Performs first aid, avalanche control, and hill safety/hazard mitigation for Mammoth Mountain, managing day to day operations
    • Lead Rookie Trainer (2011-2016) – responsible for planning and running a three week training program including providing coaching, feedback, and evaluations; rewrote the 300+ page patrol manual
    • Gondola Evacuation Trainer (2009-present)
    • Assists with managing/instructing BLE’s custom First Aid/CPR training program for ski patrollers


  • University of New Hampshire
    Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering (Summa Cum Laude)
  • American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor
  • Emergency Medical Technician (National Registry of EMTs)
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute)
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross)
  • Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking, Caving, Rock Climbing Instructor (National Outdoor Leadership School)
  • Professional Ski Patroller (Mammoth Mountain Ski Area)
  • Leave No Trace Master
  • American Red Cross Instructor
  • American Health & Safety Institute Instructor
  • CAEMSA ICEMA CEU Instructor

Courses of Study

  • Science Courses:
    • Chemistry:
      • General Chemistry
    • Physics: 
      • General Physics
      • Statics
      • Dynamics
      • Classical Structural Analysis
    • Engineering Specific: 
      • Fundamentals of Auto CAD
      • Surveying and Mapping
      • Strength of Materials
      • Project Engineering
      • Fluid Mechanics
      • Soil Mechanics
      • Engineering Materials
      • Environmental Pollution and Protection
      • Fundamental Aspects of Environmental Engineering
      • Fire Safety Engineering
      • Coastal Engineering
      • Foundation Design
      • Reinforced Concrete Design
      • Timber Design
  • Math Courses:
    • Calculus
    • Multi-Dimensional Calculus
    • Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
    • Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
  • Economics Courses
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
  • EMS, First Aid, and CPR Courses/Programs:
    • Ski Patrol Training (Mammoth Mountain Ski Area)
    • Emergency Medical Technician (University of New Hampshire)
    • Wilderness Upgrade for the Medical Professional (Wilderness Medical Associates)
    • First Aid/CPR Instructor Course (American Red Cross)
    • Emergency Medical Response Instructor Bridging Course (American Red Cross)
    • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers/Healthcare Providers (American Red Cross)
  • Outdoor Education Courses/Programs
    • Avalanche Level 1 (National Avalanche School)
    • The Mountain Snowpack (University of California Santa Barbara)
    • Level 2 Seak Kayak Instructor Course (American Canoe Association)
    • Wilderness Upgrade for the Medical Professional (Wilderness Medical Associates)
    • 35-Day Alaska Mountain Instructor Training Course (National Outdoor Leadership School Alaska Branch)
    • 10-Day Baja Sea Kayaking Seminar (National Outdoor Leadership School Mexico Branch)
    • 10-Day Caving Seminar (National Outdoor Leadership School Southwest Branch)