The 22nd annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop will be held on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14.
Learn about topics such as human-triggered avalanches that occurred during low-danger periods, drivers of terrain selection in ski guides, upcoming CAIC program changes, and much, much more!
Thursday’s lineup is completely Virtual with a full day of informational sessions from 8 am to 12:45 pm.
Thursday, October 13:
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
Friday, October 14:
On Friday, CSAW will be back at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge for a live, in-person event.
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 | Is slab tension a condition that makes rider-triggered avalanches more likely? | 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 | Rating avalanche size – from far and near | Bruce Jamieson and Wren McElroy
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 | Beer from Breckenridge Brewery
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