13th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) Open Session Day 2

13th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) Open Session Day 2

Salt Lake
November 11, 2020
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Purchase recordings of Open Session Day 2 held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020; 6:30-9:00 PM

Theme: Distraction and Consequences

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 - Fatigue and distraction. A day in the life of a busy parent intersects with a persistent weak layer, on a steep slope, resulting in a close call near the Park City Ridgeline. John Climaco 
  • 19:05-19:25 - Strava can’t keep up with my down track. Superior at 77 mph. Jared Inouye
  • 19:30-20:00 - Decision fatigue. What is really happening in our brains? Russ Costa PhD, Westminster College
  • 20:05-20:25 - Developing competence in an ever-changing environment. Sarah Carpenter and Don Carpenter, American Avalanche Institute
  • 20:30-20:50 - It’s dark and I’m cold, shivering, and wet. What I carry in my ski pack… what I carry in my sled tunnel bag. Tyler St. Jeor, Canyons Village Ski Patrol/Wasatch County SAR/ Backcountry Institute 

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