We gather some of the great minds of snow science and avalanche forecasting to build on past concepts and stimulate new ideas to further our understanding of avalanches.

Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop & Dinner

Saturday November 5th, 2016

** November 4, Friday Night ESAW 2016 Kickoff & Early Registration at International Mountain Equipment, North Conway**

Social event hosted by ESAW & Friends of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center. Door Raffle, refreshments, snacks, & music

Resources from the 2015 Workshop

Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop

The Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop is a one-day professional development seminar for people working in avalanche safety. It provides a venue for avalanche workers to listen to presentations and discuss new ideas, techniques and technologies with their colleagues. The meeting is intended for avalanche forecasters, ski guides, avalanche education instructors, ski patrollers, students, and researchers, but the meeting is open to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of avalanche safety.

Proceeds from the 2016 Eastern Snow and Avalanche workshop benefit White Mountain Avalanche Education Fund,  a mechanism to help educate visitors before they arrive in the mountains.

Why ESAW

chrisSeveral years ago Kyle Tyler, as an avalanche educator, and I, as a forecaster,started talking about his idea to facilitate a seminar or workshop to promote continual learning about avalanches.  He and I have been participating in the International Snow Science Workshop around North America for almost 20 years and have substantially enjoyed its feel and philosophy.  ISSW’s mantra, “The Merging of Theory with Practice”, looks to tap all minds for their snow related knowledge.  We took this idea to our friends and partners at the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol, made up of National Ski Patrollers, educators and rescuers, and the idea turned into reality.  We worked together to make it happen and we’re excited watching it unfold.

As world-renowned chemist Raould Hoffmann once stated

The vast majority of great things come not in one flash of progress, but the accumulation of small things

That was the concept that ISSW started and many other smaller regional workshops continue every year.  That is, to build on past concepts and stimulate new ideas to further our understanding of avalanches.  We will always have lots to learn about snow, avalanches, and the natural world so we should never feel done, finished, or static about our need for higher education.  There are no experts, we are all students.

See you at ESAW!

Christopher Joosen

2015 List of Speakers

Rudi Mair
Rudi MairHead of the “Lawinenwarnzentrale” (Avalanche Crisis Center) for Tyrol
Dr. Bruce Jamieson
Dr. Bruce JamiesonUniversity of Calgary
Don Sharaf
Don SharafForecaster- Chugach Heli-skiing, Valdez Alaska
Jerry Isaak
Jerry IsaakChair- Department of Expeditionary Studies, Plattsburgh State University
Sam Colbeck
Sam ColbeckUS Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (Retired)
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