A huge thanks to our these great organizations that are supporting us through a variety of ways. Each organization is either helping with financial support, expertise or guidance and everyone has been a big help in getting this years event off the ground. We’re looking forward to working with all of these guys through the winter and next year as we move forward.
Thanks to Granite Films and Ski the East we’ll have some fantastic visual entertainment for Friday night. Jim Surette from Granite Films has put together a bunch of Ski the East’s – Working for the Weekend episodes to get your ski and winter juices flowing. He also threw in a great short film featuring Steve House soloing some New Hampshire classics on Cathedral Ledge for those of you that prefer your winter steeper than ski slopes. To finish things off he added one more film on skiing in the Antarctic – Australis.
After many hours on the phone, texting and emailing, we have finalized Saturdays schedule and it looks delicious! Plenty of variety, lots of top notch speakers and athletes from across the US. This year should be one to remember.
4th Annual Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop November 7 & 8, 2014
Theater in the Wood, Bartlett NH
1700 Early Registration and Social
1800 – 2030 ESAW 2014 Kickoff Party—A social event hosted by ESAW and the American Alpine Club. Films by Granite Films and Ski the East.
0730 – 0815 Registration
0815 – 0845 Welcome, Introduction, & Housekeeping Kyle Tyler and Chris Joosen
0845 – 0915 Effect of Loose, Dry, Cold Snow Sluffing on New Slab Instabilities – Chris Joosen, Lead Snow Ranger, USDA-Forest Service Mount Washington Avalanche Center
0915 – 1000 The Two Stages of Wet Snow: Basic Physics and Why We Care – Sam Colbeck, US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (Retired)
1000 – 1015 Break & Raffle #1
1015 – 1045 Mount Washington Summit Cone Avalanche: Persistent? Deep? Cold? A Near-Miss Case Study – Frank Carus, Snow Ranger, USDA-Forest Service Mount Washington Avalanche Center
1045 – 1130 Recent Advances in Understanding Avalanche Release and Stability Tests – Karl Birkeland, Director, USDA-Forest Service National Avalanche Center
1130 – 1150 USDA-Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center-Logan Toby Weed, Avalanche Forecaster, USDA-Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center
1150 – 1315 Lunch
1315 Raffle #2
1315 – 1445 Avalanches and Climbing: Staying Alive while Pushing the Limits in Alpine Terrain Round Table — Moderator Jeff Lane, Mount Washington Avalanche Center Participant—Kevin Mahoney, Mark Richey, Majka Burkhardt, Jesse Williams, Ben Leoni
1445 – 1500 Break & Raffle #3
1500 – 1545 Into the Black: Forecasting for Extreme Avalanche Conditions (or, How to go grey in a month) Toby Weed, Avalanche Forecaster, USDA-Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center
1545 – 1610 Avalanche Bags: Do They Really Work? Yes! (But with some caveats…) Jonathan Shefftz, National Ski Patrol
1610 – 1630 USDA-Forest Service National Avalanche Center—Who We Are and What We Do Karl Birkeland—Director USDA-Forest Service National Avalanche Center
1630 – 1645 Closing remarks
1645 – 1830 Post-ESAW Social – Vendor Booths International Mountain Equipment, North Conway
No gathering is complete without beer. This year is a big year for growth, new venue, new partnership with The American Alpine Club and an added Friday night get together, and YES, a beer sponsor. All of you have probably dreamed of the day that you land your first beer sponsorship, we’re no different. After a few years of getting older ESAW is now old enough to have beer. Not just any beer, it’s local, but not too local, it comes from New Hampshire, but just barely. Thanks to the efforts of Bill Downey and the Friends of Mount Washington Avalanche Center, Smuttynose Brewing Company will be providing Beer (yes I used a capital letter) for our big event this year. I can hear the cheering from here.
So if you’ve been foolish, maybe a bit lazy, or just forgot and haven’t registered for the 2014 Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop, get to it and sign up. More sponsors, more speakers, and more information will be coming out soon.
Thank you guys at Smuttynose Brewering Company for showing your support and being part of this year’s event. You’re helping us bring it to a whole new level.!
What started out small, in a basement with 40 or 50 people has steadily grown over the past few years. Last year our attendance was just over 200, our audience ranged from high school students to weathered winter veterans from all around the country. Each year we grow and that growth seems to move toward the right place at the right time. This year we are excited to announce that ESAW will be funding a new grant in partnership with The American Alpine Club and their Live your Dream Grant program. From the beginning ESAW has been about sharing information and educating those of us that get out into the back-country during the winter. This partnership is a giant step in making that education and funding more visible and accessible. We’ll be talking more about it on November 7th and 8th and look forward to see where this partnership will lead to next. Here’s a bit more details on the grant.
NEW FOR WINTER 2014-2015, thanks to a generous gift there is additional funding for one or more Live your Dream Grant – the Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop (ESAW) Award. This additional funding for the next 3 years is for applicants whose dream involves the passion to experience mountain and alpine climbing endeavors, but who require additional competency training in avalanche awareness and recognition. The ESAW Award is designed to support hands-on education or training preceding the applicant’s trip. Applicants should include details on the specific instruction or competency needed that includes the school, course or guide details that uses avalanche curriculum established by the American Avalanche Association (AAA), the American Avalanche Institute (AAI), the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) , or the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) to help attain their dream climb along with contents of the Live Your Dream application. There will also be annual ESAW attendance seats awards each year for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Thank you American Alpine Club and thank you to everyone that has attended or will attend ESAW!
Not sure why anyone from Utah would come back east during the dark and gloomy month of November but one of the long time forecaster from Logan will be here to talk snow, avalanches so if you’re heading out to Utah this winter you might want to register and listen to what these guys have to say.
Karl Birkeland will be one of the speakers at this years Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop.
Mark your calendar and clear your schedules for November 8th, 2014
New location will be at the Theater in the Woods and we will be adding a Friday night social to make some more time to get together with old friends and new perhaps have a beer and talk snow, gnar and whatever else gets your through the long New England autumns.
3nd Annual Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop-ESAW2013 North Conway, New Hampshire 11/09/2013
0730 – 0815 Registration
0815 – 0830 Welcome, Introduction and Housekeeping – Kyle Tyler and Chris Joosen
0830 – 0915 Avoiding Avalanches Through Quality Weather Observations in the Field
Rebecca E. Scholand, Mount Washington Observatory
0915 – 1000 Winter Use in Baxter State Park
Ben Woodard Chief Ranger, Baxter Maine State Park and Bob Baribeau, Mahoosuc Search and Rescue
1000 – 1015 Break -1015 Raffle
1015 – 1100 Human Behavior at the Ski Area Boundary
Doug Richmond, Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol Director
1100 – 1200 Short Sessions
Chic-Chocs Avalanche Bulletin: Behind the Scenes
Julie LeBlanc, Haute Gaspesie Avalanche Center 15 min
Update on Eastern Man-Made Snow Avalanches
Roger Damon, Army Colonel , Engineer, NSP Patrol Director, Pilot, Retired 15min
AvaTech-Changing the Game in Proactive Avalanche Safety
Brint Markle, AvaTech 30 min
1200 – 1300 Lunch -1300 Raffle
1300 – 1345 The Two Stages of Wet Snow; the Basic Physics and Why We Care
Sam Colbeck, U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (Retired)
1345 – 1430 Uncertainty in Avalanche Decision Making
Dale Atkins, Recco and American Avalanche Association President
1430 – 1445 Break – 1445 Raffle
1445 – 1530 Using “Avalanche Problem” Descriptors to Communicate Risk
Tim Brown, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
1530 – 1630 Short Sessions
Meteorological Variability on Mount Washington-Theoretical and Practical Applications
Jeff Lane, USFS Mount Washington AC and Cyrena Briedé Mount Washington Observatory 15min
Recco Avalanche Rescue System
Dale Atkins, Recco and American Avalanche Association President 15 min
Bridger Bowl Avalanche Program and Operations
Doug Richmond, Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol Director 30min
1630 Closing remarks and move to Social and Avalanche Vendor Booths Upstairs at International Mountain Equipment (IME)