13th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) Professional Session

13th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) Professional Session

Salt Lake
November 06, 2020
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Friday, November 6, 2020; Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for the 13th Annual USAW Professional Session, where Utah’s avalanche community will team up with snow professionals from 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 your skills before the start of the season.

This is a high-level continuing education opportunity meant to give the avalanche community access to the latest and greatest information. This is the only avalanche workshop in Utah addressing snow science, decision-making, the changing backcountry, and lessons learned from recent accidents.

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.

Participation is limited to those employed in explosive mitigation, such as resort snow safety and ski patrol, DOT, mitigation contractors, explosives manufacturers, Forest Service military weapons personnel, etc.

This year's session will be online through Zoom Webinars. After your registration, you will receive a link to the event where you will need to register for your access to the webinar.

Agenda (note - agenda is subject to change)

  • 09:00-09:05 - Welcome. Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Center
  • 09:05-09:25 - Proper Respect for Explosives. Overall basic explosives safety and consequences for complacency. Stephen Shelley, ATF Explosives Enforcement Officer / Bomb Technician
  • 09:30-09:50 - NSAA Guidelines. A working model for resort personnel deploying explosives. Doug Catharine, Solitude
  • 09:55-10:15 - Doing the DEID with a hotplate (batteries not included). Innovative technologies to look at new snow density profiles in real-time. Trent Meisenheimer, Utah Avalanche Center
  • 10:20-10:50 - Just like they said it would. Reflections of an epic avalanche cycle through the eyes of the snow globe. Eric Murikami, Snowbird Snow Safety
  • 10:55-11:40 - Avalanche Risk Management During a Pandemic. A look under the hood at new strategies and procedures. Mary Bozack and Tim Hendrickson, Mountain Guard
  • 11:45-13:00- Avalanche reduction and mountain operations framework for the 2020/21 winter. A round table discussion. Mountain Guard and UAC Chair 

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