Annie DeFrancia

Annie DeFrancia


Annie is a graduate of the Fort Lewis College Adventure Education Program, after which she spent three years working for the Colorado Outward Bound School as an instructor. She taught backpacking, mountaineering, and backcountry skiing courses. Later, she began ski patrolling, and eventually pursued a career with the Durango Fire Protection District. Annie’s full-time job is working as a firefighter/paramedic, but she is still often seen in teaching roles, as being an educator is one of her professional passions. She primarily instructs wilderness medicine courses and avalanche education classes, while remaining a ski patroller part-time in the winters. Annie enjoys spending time climbing, skiing, biking, and romping around the San Juan Mountains. She also considers herself a seasoned waffle-making professional, and believes they taste best in the desert.

Annie DeFrancia Guide


  • AIARE Instructor
  • AIARE Pro 1
  • Emergency Medical Technician