Non-profit organizations supporting us.

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.

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Skiing and Climbing films Friday night.

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.


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2014 Agenda finalized!

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

Friday 11/7/2014

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.

Saturday 11/8/2014

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


Beer! – Local, delicious and important

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.!



Exciting new partnership with the American Alpine Club

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!


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Utah Avalanche Center – Logan forecaster heading to the East

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.

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Date set for 2014 ESAW

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.

2013 Final Speakers and Agenda Announced!

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)