The first issue of Powder Magazine arrived at BCA HQ yesterday. A nice reminder that we are getting closer to the snowy months with the summer heat behind us. As usual, the deep powder shots got my attention and whisked my imagination off to the land of pillows, drops, and the deepest turns I can cultivate by memory from past season’s. While these visions raced through my head, I thought about how there isn’t anything a skier wants to do more than ski deep pow as much as possible.
If the goal of the backcountry skier is to ski as much pow as possible, we better be able to make strong decisions in the backcountry, and keep ourselves out of trouble. While skiing technique and mountain skills are a large part of this equation, education is what is really going to keep us backcountry skiing and finding the goods long into life. At BCA, we push education harder than we push our products. That’s why every fall we partner with international and national snow safety workshops to help spread the word and support some great events. If you haven’t attended one of these workshops and are interested in snow safety and weather you should get to one. Below is a list of some of the most popular workshops coming up this season.
International Snow Safety Workshop- September 16-21, 2012- Anchorage, AK
This is the big daddy of them all. Where the who’s who of snow science and avalanche safety gather to report and be informed.
From the ISSW Website- The International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) is a biennial meeting of theprofessionals who work in the field of snow science and winter recreation. This is the only such conference which takes place and has been ongoing since 1976. It is truly international with participants from countries world wide where winter sports are popular. Professionals from Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and North and South America are in attendance. The workshop is designed to bring together practitioners such as ski patrollers and mountain guides, forecasters who may work for ski companies, Departments of Transportation or the US Forest Service, engineers from mining companies, architecture firms or government, scientists who teach and research snow science and others who participate in the world of snow. In addition, it provides an opportunity for local mountain user groups to participate in a higher level learning environment. The conference is designed to promote the exchange of ideas and research and introduce the latest forecasting tools and winter products.
Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop (CSAW)- October 8, 2012- Leadville, CO
Hosted by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, CSAW parellel’s big brother ISSW, but offers a more regional spin. Located at the Mining Hall of Fame in Leadville, this one day event is sure to bring you up to speed on the latest happening from snow geeks around the state and country. The most highly anticipated presentation year after year is Joe Ramey’s, from the National Weather Service. He weighs in with his winter forecast, and puts forth his best educated guess as to what the weather patterns will be in the western parts of North America. Once the presentations come to a close be sure to check out the happy hour and social, where you can score some cheap PBR at one of Leadville’s favorite watering holes, The Scarlett Tavern.
Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW)- November 3, 2012- Sandy, UT
In it’s 5th year, USAW is continuing to grow in attendance so much that they out gew their former venue at the Depot in SLC and are moving to a larger space in Sandy for 2012. Highlights include regional topics, specific to Utah, as well as the latest global theory’s touched on at ISSW. Hosted by the good folks at the Utah Avalanche Center, this is one event to get on your calendar for 2012. Currently, the UAC is updating their website and more information specific to USAW should be available there shortly.
Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop- October 13, 2012- Whitefish, MT
From the NRASW website- On behalf of the 2012 Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop Steering Committee, we are excited to announce that we are hosting our second annual Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop (NRASW 2012). The venue for NRASW 2012 will be the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana and the date is Saturday, OCTOBER 13th- mark your calendars!
The NRASW is open to winter recreational enthusiasts and professionals alike.
This year six guest speakers will be presenting at NRASW 2012 with a main emphasis focused on improving avalanche safety-related decision making and group management. Topics presented by individual presenters at the Workshop will run the gamut between snow, weather, terrain, and human factors.
Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop- November 10, 2012- Conway, NH
The first and only avalanche workshop east of the Mississippi. In it’s inaugural year, 2011, ESAW had about 85 attendees and turned away about 40 due to space constraints. In 2012 they are moving to a larger venue, and are looking to make this event as big and productive as it’s western counterparts. Currently, there is limited information available as the event website is still under construction , but should be finished up shortly.
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