11th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) Professional Session

11th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) Professional Session

Salt Lake
October 26, 2018
Regular price
$49.00
Sale price
$49.00

Join us for the 11th 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 and network with 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. There will be sponsor booths with the latest gear and gear giveaways.

Last year, USAW sold out, so don't wait to get your tickets. Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, October 24th at noon. After that, you can get tickets for $60 at the door. Lunch, coffee/beverage service, and post-workshop happy hour are included.

Attend both Professional and Open sessions and save $9 on your registration using discount code “2018-USAW-2DAY”. Attend Professional, Motorized, and Open Sessions and save $20 on your registration using discount code "2018-USAW-FULL"

Note the new format for 2018:

Friday, October 26th is dedicated to a “closed door”, Pros only session. An explosives handlers clinic will be held from 07:30-09:45. After a morning coffee break and light breakfast, the rest of the day revolves around continuing education and risk management.

Topics include:

  • Utah Winter Review: A look back at the winter of 2017-18
  • Winter weather forecasting
  • Avalanche hazard in a changing snow climate
  • Operational guiding with spacial variability and unmanageable avalanche conditions
  • Managing your risk management team

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.


Saturday, October 27th is open to the public-

Topics include

  • Utah Winter Review: A look back at the winter of 2017-18
  • ISSW Highlights
  • Decision-making roundtable
  • Close calls and lessons learned... at home and abroad
  • A separate snowmobile specific breakout session
  • Captivating keynote speaker