14th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) General Session Day 3

14th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) General Session Day 3

Salt Lake
November 11, 2021
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Purchase recordings of General Session Day 3 held on Thursday, November 11, 2021; Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

And the answer is… I can’t see the trees through the forest. Decision-making and human interaction with a deceptively tricky snowpack.

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

18:20-18:30: The Deadliest Avalanche Season. An intersection between an unstable snowpack and a global pandemic. This talk summarizes the 2020/21 avalanche season, a winter with a record number of fatalities and exploding backcountry use. Karl Birkland, National Avalanche Center

18:35-18:55: The Avalanche Bulletin Quiz Project. Testing your knowledge of the avalanche conditions the easy way. Paul Diegel Utah Avalanche Center and Kevin Grove, Central Oregon Avalanche Center and Central Oregon Community College.

19:00- 19:20: Rider Uniter Program. Integrating technology, numbers, headcounts, and messaging. Travis Morrison PhD, University of Utah, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Francine Mullen and Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Center

19:25-19:45: Exploring Decision-Making. The influence of intuition, systems, and tools on our behavior in the backcountry. Don Carpenter, American Avalanche Institute

19:50-20:20: The Rolling Thunder Redux. Lessons learned from Bob Dylan’s ’75 tour, musings with Joan Baez, and how an early season crust conspired with a persistent weak layer, throwing a uniform structural curveball into the setlist. Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Center

20:20- 20:25: Presentation from American Avalanche Association 

20:25-20:30: Closing Remarks and Reflections. Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Center

20:30-20:50: Winter in Review Video


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