Eli Frandsen

With an adaptable, hard-working mindset, Eli is committed to bringing a fresh perspective to each project. Keenly observant, he has always had a strong knack for understanding how communities view, cherish, and interact with their natural and recreational spaces. In this respect, Eli sees effective mountain planning a community’s foundation for sustainable recreation. He believes that it’s important to bring diverse voices to the table – and the best answer is not always the most complex one.


Eli joined the SE group in 2022 with a background in Geographic Information Sciences and data analysis. He has worked in land use planning in a variety of aspects, as well as in emergency services planning for wildfire operations. Eli was also a contributing member to the City of Bozeman’s Climate Master Plan.

Growing up in a resort mountain town, Eli has spent most of his life around ski operations and outdoor recreation. From working in lift operations to being a ski instructor at the Yellowstone Club, he has gained strong knowledge of how resorts operate and how they can best meet the needs of their clients.

Eli has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Water Resources from Montana State University.

Areas of Expertise 

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Land Use Planning
  • Site Analysis
  • Community Engagement

Outside the Office

Born in the mountains of British Columbia but raised Whitefish, MT. Eli has always been at home when outside. When not in the office, he can usually be found on his skis trying to turn every mountain into a playground, huffing up a new mountain bike trail, or navigating the wild rapids of Utah’s rivers. He also participates in local soccer leagues and enjoys exploring Salt Lake City’s music and food scene.