15th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) General Session Day 1

15th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) General Session Day 1

Salt Lake
November 02, 2022
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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.


Applying your Backcountry Toolbox to Changing Conditions

The agenda is subject to change 

18:00-18:20: Welcome and 2021-2022 Season in Review Video. Craig Gordon


18:20-18:40: Weather forecasting, after-casting, and future-casting. Glen Merrill, Salt Lake City NWS


18:45-19:05: What’s the score? Communicating snowpit scores by the numbers. Dave Richards- Alta Avalanche Office

19:10- 19:30: Professionalizing Perception of Hazard and Risk. How we make decisions, gather information from the environment (forecasts and topo maps, etc.) and use that to identify our objectives. Russ Costa Ph.D., Professor of Honors & Neuroscience

19:35- 19:55: Avalanche Victim First Aid and Resuscitation. How avalanche victim first aid differs from normal first aid treaments. Michael Buchanan, Mountain Medical Academy

20:00-20:30: Observing the obvious. Taking big picture concepts and distilling them into boots on the ground application. Andy Nasetta, Utah Avalanche Center

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