A digital avalanche educational experience now available to professionals everywhere.
Save the Dates: October 14,15,16, 2020 – 9am to 12pm MST
The Forest Service National Avalanche Center, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and the Friends of the CAIC are combining efforts this year to present the 19th annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop on October 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2020. CSAW will be virtual this year and will feature a range of talks on avalanche release, mapping, forecasting, accidents, and risk communication, as well as a session on case studies of avalanche cycles. The unique virtual format will consist of both pre-recorded talks available for viewing prior to the workshop, and a live session with presenter summaries and extended question and answer sessions.
This year’s workshop provides an affordable and accessible opportunity for high quality continuing education for avalanche professionals everywhere. We hope you will join us!
$30 – Is now open!
For group registration, please contact Brian Rodine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSAW will consist of pre-recorded talks made available Oct 1, 2020 and will be followed by a 3-day webinar event featuring live discussions of the talks.
Webinars will be recorded and made available for registrants to view after the live sessions.
Please register early, prior to the pre-recorded talks being released so that you have the maximum flexibility in watching them before the live webinars!
Below you will find the preliminary schedule for the 2020 Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop. More talks will be announced as they are confirmed.
2020 CSAW Preliminary Schedule
Wednesday, October 14th: Avalanche Release and Mapping
Avalanche Release – session moderated by Bruce Jamieson and Ben Reuter
Measuring slope-scale crack propagation speeds in weak snowpack layers – Bastian Bergfield, Alec van Herwijnen, Janic Cathomen, and Juerg Schweizer
Hunting whumpfs – Alec van Herwijnen, Bastian Bergfeld, Janic Cathomen, and Karl Birkeland
Changes in Propagation Saw Test critical cut lengths in the hours and minutes following loading – Karl Birkeland, Bastian Bergfeld, and Alec van Herwijnen
Using avalanche videos to track slope scale slab deformation during avalanche release – Ron Simenhois
Recent progress in snow and avalanche modeling – Johan Gaume, Xingyue Li, Lars Blatny, Bertil Trottet, Grégoire Bobillier, Michael Kyburz, Camille Ligneau, and Chenfanfu Jiang
Dynafit Tech Talk
Avalanche Mapping and Modeling – session moderated by Mike Cooperstein and Jeff Deems
Automatic, high-resolution mapping and classification of avalanche terrain regarding potential release, triggering and run-out zones – Stephan Harvey, Günter Schmudlach, Yves Bühler, Durr Lukas, Andreas Stoffel, and Marc Christen
Update to the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale – Grant Statham
Telling the story of a deep slab avalanche based on weekly high-resolution snow accumulation measurements from a drone – Zach Miller, Eric Sproles, Erich Peitzsch, Jeff Deems, and Karl Birkeland
Operationalizing LiDAR for avalanche forecasting: Snow depth mapping and beyond – Kevin Hammonds, James Dillon, Sean Yaw, Peter Ottsen, Joe Shaw, and Nathan Field
Thursday, October 15th: Forecasting
Avalanche Forecasting and Snowpack Interpretation – session moderated by Ethan Greene
Snow modeling 101 and applications for practitioners – Simon Horton, Florian Herla, and Pascal Haegeli
Avalanche information from space – Regula Frauenfelder
Comparing Extended Column Test results to signs of instability in surrounding slopes: Exploring a large international dataset – Frank Techel, Karl Birkeland, Doug Chabot, Jim Earl, and Ivan Moner
Are stability tests useful? A study on how often professionals change slope stability ratings after doing stability tests – Alex Marienthal, Doug Chabot, and Karl Birkeland
Dynafit Tech Talk
Weather, Avalanches, and Avalanche Cycles – session moderated by Jamie Yount
Inland Penetration of Atmospheric Rivers – Jon Rutz
Little Cottonwood Canyon Feb 7 Avalanche Cycle – Laurie Delaney
High avalanche danger meets a major earthquake in Idaho: 2020, your timing is impeccable – Ben Vandenbos, Zach Keskinen, and Scott Savage
Using weather thresholds for avalanche forecasting – Rebecca Hodgetts
Friday, October 16th: Avalanche Education / Risk Communication/ Decision Making / Accident Analysis
Risk Communication/Decision Making – session moderated by Simon Trautman and Anne St. Clair
Learning about the readers of our backcountry avalanche forecasts – Pascal Haegeli, Katie Fisher, and Abby Morgan
Identifying hazards and consequences to assess and reduce risk in backcountry avalanche terrain – Ben Reuter
Extreme weather risk communication, perceptions, and responses – Julie Demuth
American Avalanche Association Updates
Updates from the A3 – Dan Kavaney
2020 Census of Avalanche Professionals in the U.S. – Kathryn Warren
Dynafit Tech Talk
Avalanche Accidents – session moderated by Angela Hawse and Scotty Savage
Outbreak of avalanche accidents in the San Juan Mountains in March – Ann Mellick
Why did I do that? My experience with 30 years of avalanche accidents and near misses in California and beyond. – Ken Bokelund
Learning from incidents: lessons learned from aviation – Robert J. de Boer MSc PhD