14th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) General Session Day 1

14th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) General Session Day 1

Salt Lake
November 09, 2021
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Purchase recordings of General Session Day 1 held on Tuesday, November 9, 2021; Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Evaluating snow structure while integrating both new and old technologies to determine avalanche hazards.

Join us for the 14th Annual USAW, 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.

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 will run from 6:00-9:00 PM Tuesday to Thursday, November 9-11. Daily registration is $10 or $25 for the 3 days if purchased in advance. Recordings of the sessions will be sent to registrants after all sessions are completed.

This year's session will be online through a Livestream. Additional details will be sent out the end of October via email with a link to the livestream.


18:00-18:05 Welcome. Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Center

18:05-18:25: Winter in Review Video

18:30-18:50: Early Season Avalanche Problems. How they morph throughout the season and what tools are effective as stability indicators. Mark Staples, Utah Avalanche Center

18:55-19:15: Doing the DEID Part Deux … Batteries Included. How technology helps us plan our day. Trent Meisenheimer, Utah Avalanche Center and Travis Morrison, University of Utah Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

19:20- 19:40: Mapping Snow Depth Across the West. The Community Snow Observations project is working to improve the availability of high-resolution, high-quality snow distribution information to backcountry users. David Hill Foster, Professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

19:55- 20:15: Knowns from a Banner October, and How the Tables May Tip Moving Forward this Winter. Glen Merrill- National Weather Service, Salt Lake City

20:20-20:50: How Do We Perceive “Manageable” Avalanche Problems? Sarah Carpenter, American Avalanche Institute

20:50-20:55: Presentation from American Avalanche Association

20:55-21:00: Closing Remarks.  Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Center


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