Join us for the 15th Annual USAW, where Utah’s avalanche community will team up with snow professionals around the west to share avalanche knowledge. Regional avalanche workshops are the most time and cost-effective way to build and refresh advanced avalanche skills available. This is your chance to learn from avalanche experts and brush up on your skills before the start of the season.
You’ll learn from forecasters, patrollers, snow scientists, highway avalanche crews, search & rescue personnel, mountain guides, ski industry manufacturers, backcountry skiers & snowboarders, snowmobilers, avalanche researchers, and more. The format will be 15-minute presentations followed by Q&A.
The General Session is hosted as an online live stream and will run from 6:00-9:00 PM Wednesday, November 2, and Wednesday, November 9. Daily registration is $10. Recordings of the sessions will be sent to registrants after all sessions are completed.
When does a weak layer turn the corner
18:00-18:20: Welcome and 2021-2022 Season in Review Video. Craig Gordon
18:20-18:40: We went low… when we shoulda gone high. Understanding the Dragon when a midwinter drought layer throws a curve ball at traditional, ‘go to’, terrain options. Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Center
18:45-19:05: Is it safe yet? When can you dismiss a persistent weak layer? Brett Kobernik, Utah Avalanche Center
19:10- 19:30: Underestimating a persistent weak layer, when pros make a mistake. Winslow Passey and Willie Benegas
19:35- 19:55: Addressing the human factor. Research and "Me-search" on the topic. Many of us know that heuristics can be like tiny booby traps for our minds in the backcountry but few of us know how to avoid falling for them. In this engaging talk, Dr. Boilen will reflect on her own mind’s failings and what the fields of cognitive and behavioral sciences can teach us about how to evade these deadly traps. Dr. Sara Boilen
20:00-20:30: The chain of events leads to the scene of the accident. The common ground of distraction, aviation, and backcountry travel. Anthony Burke, Top Gun Fighter Pilot, Entrepreneur, Mach 2 Consulting