Welcome, Several 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, USFS Lead Snow Ranger-Mount Washington Avalanche Center