Purchase recordings of General Session Day 2 held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021; Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bridge, bombs, and blower: The snowpack and weather factors that led to underwhelming snowfall, yet devastating avalanche conditions during the 2020-2021 season.
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
18:10-18:30: We’re Missing the Trees: Navigating a guiding operation through a forest of instability. Shaun Raskin, Inspired Summit Adventures
18:35-18:55: Bridge, Bombs, and Blower. LCC Country Club with Sweetgrass video. Mark Sauer, UDOT
19:00- 19:20: An Accident on the Park City Ridgeline. How a sunny powder day changes many lives. Andrew Nickels
19:25- 19:45: From the Inside Looking Out. The community connection to a tragic avalanche accident. Greg Gagne, Utah Avalanche Center
19:50-20:20: When Accidents Happen in Our Happy Place. Coping with community-based trauma. Jess Shade, American Alpine Club's Climbing Grief Fund
20:25- 20:30: Presentation from American Avalanche Association
20:30-20:35: Closing Remarks and Reflections. Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Center
20:35-20:55: Winter in Review Video
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