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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)

Sponsors for the 2013 Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop

2013 sponsors

Run don’t walk to this years ESAW

Space is filling up fast, temps are dropping and rumor has it the snow geek discussions this year will be remarkable!klementovich-9648

Looking for something to do the fall

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A taste of last years workshop

If you’re on the fence about registering for the 2013 Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop here’s an article written for TAR. ESAW 2012 article.

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Registration is now open!

We’ve opened up registration for the 2013 ESAW. Please help spread the word. Just click on the registration tab and start the process. From all the e-mails I’ve been seeing

it’s going to be another great mix of snow, science, horror and great speakers!

Hope to see you soon.

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Scholarship available for local students

Principles, Superintendents, Coaches, Directors, Deans, Educators, and Staff,

Two years ago the White Mountain Avalanche Education Fund was established by the White Mountain National Forest’s Mount Washington Avalanche Center to educate kids in the Northeast about avalanches.  (See the link below for a full description.)  In this vein we are giving 15 scholarships to High School aged kids to this year’s Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop (ESAW) on November 10th.  We are focusing the awards towards students in the general White Mountain Region.  In particular, students of yours who have aspirations to take their sport into avalanche terrain in the upcoming years.  It is proven that getting to kids young, prevents avalanche accidents in the future.

The Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop was started not to be an avalanche class, but a higher level one day symposium that encompasses new science, useful practical skills for the field, and interesting presentations about avalanche problems around eastern North America.  High school students will not be bored, but a motivated individual eager to learn is the best candidate.  Based on response from the different schools we would like to spread out the opportunities across the region.  We may also be able to offer more scholarships depending on the normal registration numbers.

Please let me know if your school is interested in participating and how many scholarships you have interest in, up to 5 slots.  You know your students, their history, their motivations and desires best so we are leaving the selections for scholarship slots to your school and staff.  Once you let me know how many slots you are interested in (1-5) I will respond with how many are available for you.  To help perk their interests we will have some gear give-aways through the day and a number of commercial vendor booths in the evening.  See the general ESAW announcement below, our website www.esaw.org and the avalanche fund specifics at  http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/about/white-mountain-avalanche-education-fund/

I look forward to meeting your kids!

Christopher  P. Joosen

Forest Safety Manager

Lead Snow Ranger/Director-Mount Washington Avalanche Center

White Mountain National Forest

cjoosen@fs.fed.us

603-466-2713 ext. 215

Location Finalized!

The final paperwork is complete. Grab your book bags and pencil boxed, this years 2012 ESAW event will be held at the John Fuller Elementary School. Plenty of parking, just around the corner from IME, and last years venue, the Mount Washington Observatory and Science Center. Directions are updated here. Spread the word, we’ve got more room this year, but space is filling up fast.

Thank you sponsors!

As we get closer and closer to November 10th, more and more folks are registering and more sponsors are coming forward to get behind us. We just added a page for our sponsors . There is going to be a silent auction at the end of the event and the list of gear being donated by these guys is impressive. Once the learning is over, we will be moving over to International Mountain Equipment. Like last year you’ll be able to enjoy a cold beverage and get to see, close up, some of the new gear out there from BD, Viole, Ortovox and the rest of our sponsors. More to come about the silent auction and the goodies to be had.

Lining up speakers each day!

We just added Dr. Karl Birkeland to the list of presenters. It’s shaping up to be a good one this year! If for some strange reason you’re not familiar with Dr. Birkeland and his work you can read a bit about him here. http://www.montana.edu/wwwes/facstaff/birkeland.htm Dr.Karl Birkeland is the Director of the Forest Service National Avalanche Center, currently based in Montana, and has over 30 years of experience as a ski patroller, backcountry avalanche forecaster, avalanche researcher, and avalanche educator.

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