13th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) Open Session Day 1

13th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) Open Session Day 1

Salt Lake
November 10, 2020
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Purchase recordings of Open Session Day 1 held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020; 6:30-9:00 PM

Theme: The Ingredients Behind the Science and Avalanches

Join us for the 13th 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 Open Session will run from 6:30-9:00 PM Tuesday to Thursday, November 10-12. 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 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):

  • 18:30-18:35 - Welcome. Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Center
  • 18:40-19:00 - Take me to your powder: The importance of tracking early season weak layers… how long do they persist? Mark Staples, Utah Avalanche Center
  • 19:05-19:25 - Leveraging Digital Mapping Tools for Planning and Communication: Using CalTopo for winter backcountry travel and avalanche forecasting. Meghan Twohig, CalTopo Training and Support.
  • 19:30-19:50- Stepping in or out of avalanche terrain: What information changes my game plan. Don Carpenter, American Avalanche Institute
  • 19:55-20:25 - A Little Cottonwood Canyon Update. Reflections on a Historic Avalanche Cycle and Summer Projects Update- Damian Jackson, Utah Department of Transportation 
  • 20:30-20:50 - You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Weather anomalies and the why behind a meteorologically twisted system. Glen Merrill, National Weather Service
  • 20:55-21:15 - Can we talk? Establishing a Dedicated Regional Backcountry Radio Channel. Logan Cookler, Backcountry Access/Powderbird


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