22nd Annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop

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22nd Annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop

CSAW is a professional-level education event with content aimed at avalanche industry workers and advanced recreationalists.

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Breckenridge Riverwalk Center 150 W Adams Ave Breckenridge, CO 80424

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About this event

The 22nd annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop will be held on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14. The Thursday session will be held online-only. On Friday, CSAW will be back at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge for a live, in-person event. See below for full speaker schedules!

Buy your ticket now before prices increase Oct 3 by $10.

Beaver Run is offering special lodging rates for the event - please visit their website for details.

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Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop Schedule Day 1

Thursday October 13, 8:00 AM to 12:45 PM Mountain Time - Virtual Workshop via Zoom

Welcome 8:00 AM to 8:10 AM - Ethan Greene

Session 1 - Avalanche Release

8:10 AM to 8:15 AM | Session Intro | Moderators - Karl Birkeland and Ron Simenhois

8:15 AM to 8:45 AM | The effect of spatially variable snow depths on avalanche triggering by skiers and snowboarders. | Francis Meloche, Johan Gaume, Louis Guillet, Francis Gauthier, Alexander Langlois

8:45 AM to 9:15 AM | An index for crack propagation derived from field measurements | Bastian Bergfeld, Alec van Herwijnen

9:15 AM to 9:45 AM | Snow instability in a changing climate | Stephanie Mayer, Alec van Herwijnen, Jürg Schweizer

Break 9:45 AM to 10:05 AM

Session 2 - Technology and Avalanche Detection

10:05 AM to 10:15 AM | Session Intro | Moderators - Erich Peitzsch and Jeff Deems

10:15 AM to 10:45 AM | Large-scale avalanche mapping from optical satellite imagery | Elisabeth Hafner, Yves Bühler

10:45 AM to 11:15 AM | Investigating glide-snow avalanches with 10 years of time-lapse photography | Amelie Fees, Moritz Altenbach, Michael Lombardo, Alec Van Herwijnen, Jürg Schweizer

Break 11:15 AM to 11:30 AM

Session 3 - Modeling, Measuring, and Mapping Snow Depth

11:30 AM to 11:35 AM | Session Intro | Moderators - Erich Peitzsch and Jeff Deems

11:35 AM to 12:05 PM | Refining snowpack model predictions with snow depth observations | Simon Horton, Pascal Haegeli

12:05 PM to 12:35 PM | Community Snow Observations - From Concept to Operational Snow Distribution Modeling | Dave Hill, Nina Aragon, Gabe Wolken, Katreen Wikstrom Jones, Anthony Arendt, Emilio Mayorga

Closing 12:35 PM to 12:45 PM - Ethan Greene

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Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop Live In Person Schedule Day 2

October 14, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Mountain Time - Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge, Colorado (available live stream online)

7:30 am to 8:30 am | American Avalanche Association (A3) General Member Meeting (PRE EVENT MEETING - NOT LIVE STREAMED)

8:30 AM to 8:40 AM | Welcome | Ethan Greene

8:40 AM to 9:10 AM | The story of the Hiland Road avalanche with prequel and sequel | Eeva Latosuo, Brad Meiklejohn, Timothy Glassett, Paul Wunnicke

9:10 AM to 9:35 AM | Tracking liquid water flow in snow with hyperspectral imaging and upward-looking radar: A new era in snow pit characterization | Kevin Hammonds, Chris Donahue, McKenzie Skiles, James Dillon, Evan Schehrer

9:35 AM to 10:00 AM | Automated Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) Mapping - Localization and Validation in Western Canada | John Sykes, Håvard Larsen

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM | Break

10:30 AM to 10:55 AM | Characteristics of human-triggered avalanches that occurred during low danger in southwest Montana | Alex Marienthal

10:55 AM to 11:20 AM | The great debate about slab tension | Bruce Jamieson

11:20 AM to 11:45 AM | What We Can Learn from 55 Years of Snowy Torrents | Emma Walker, Spencer Logan, Blase Reardon

11:45 AM to 1:15 PM | Lunch - Enjoy the restaurants around Breckenridge!

1:15 PM to 1:40 PM | 2022-2023 Winter Weather Outlook | Mark Miller

1:40 PM to 2:05 PM| Drivers of Terrain Selection in Professional Ski Guides | John Sykes, Pascal Haegeli

2:05 PM to 2:30 PM | Estimating avalanche size - from far and near | Bruce Jamieson

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM | Break

3:00 PM to 3:25 PM | A Public Health Approach to Avalanche Education | Kelly McNeil

3:25 PM to 3:50 PM | CAIC Program Changes | Spencer Logan

3:50 PM to 4:15 PM | Comparing and contrasting avalanche danger during the 20/21 and 21/22 winters across the western United States | Karl Birkeland, Simon Trautman

4:15 PM to 4:30 PM | Closing | Ethan Greene

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM | Social hour | Sponsor TBA

$0 – $45