4SAW Snow and Avalanche Workshop

October 26th, 2019

Featured Talks & Speakers

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Victoria Mithal

Brand Voice

Ronaldo Robert

Design Systems

Ionut Zamfir

Prototyping Tools

Jessie Collins

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Victoria Mithal

Brand Voice

Ronaldo Robert

Design Systems

Ionut Zamfir

Prototyping Tools

Jessie Collins

Conten Strateg=

Our Sponsors

4SAW Schedule

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Day 1 – Wednesday Nov, 23

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9:00am – 9:30am

Main Hall

Opening Statements

By Amir Ali ,Event Coordinator

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11:00am – 12:00pm

Room 3

Designing For Mobile Devices

By John Doe, Mobile Designer

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1:30PM – 2:3pm

Room 2

Giving Your Brand a Voice

By Jason Roberts, Content Strategist

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1:30PM – 2:3pm

Room 2

Giving Your Brand a Voice

By Jason Roberts, Content Strategist

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1:30PM – 2:3pm

Room 2

Giving Your Brand a Voice

By Jason Roberts, Content Strategist

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1:30PM – 2:3pm

Room 2

Giving Your Brand a Voice

By Jason Roberts, Content Strategist

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1:30PM – 2:3pm

Room 2

Giving Your Brand a Voice

By Jason Roberts, Content Strategist

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Saturday: October 26th, 2019

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9:00am - 10:00am

Building Design Systems

By Josh Tyson, Visual Systems Designer

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9:00am - 10:00am

Building Design Systems

By Josh Tyson, Visual Systems Designer

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9:00am - 10:00am

Building Design Systems

By Josh Tyson, Visual Systems Designer

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9:00am - 10:00am

Building Design Systems

By Josh Tyson, Visual Systems Designer

Design & Development

By Joyce Chan, Front End Developer

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1:00pm - 2:00pm

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1:00pm - 2:00pm

Design & Development

By Joyce Chan, Front End Developer

Avalanche Pioneers share history of the San Juan Mountains

Betsy and Richard Armstrong provide a detailed acount of the avalanche hazard in the San Juans, lessons learned, and the history of the groundbreaking INSTAAR San Juan Avalanche Project.

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9:00am - 9:10am

Opening Remarks

Silverton Avalanche School Staff

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9:00am - 9:10am

Opening Remarks

Silverton Avalanche School Staff

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9:10am - 9:40am

INSTAAR San Juan Avalanche Project

Betsy & Richard Armstrong

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9:40am - 10:10am

Big Avalanches of March 2019: Release, Motion and Destructive Effects

Chris Wilbur, Wilbur Engineering, Inc.

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10:25am - 11:10am

Silverton Elementary School 2nd and 3rd Grade Snow Project 2019

Sallie Barney & Silverton Elementary School Students

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9:40am - 10:10am

Big Avalanches of March 2019: Release, Motion and Destructive Effects

Chris Wilbur, Wilbur Engineering, Inc.

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10:10am - 10:25am

Break

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10:25am - 10:40am

Silverton Elementary School 2nd and 3rd Grade Snow Project 2019

Sallie Barney & Silverton Elementary School Students

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10:40am - 11:10am

Survivors of Outdoor Adventure and Recovery (S.O.A.R) History

Starr Jamison, Creator of S.O.A.R. and The Responder Alliance Ambassador

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11:10am - 11:40am

Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center 

David Lovejoy, Founding Member of KPAC  

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11:40am - 12:50pm

Lunch

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12:50pm - 1:05pm

Skier Compaction as a Tool: Public Exposure to Avalanche Hazard in Ski Areas

Ryan Howe, Telluride Mountain Guides

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10:25am - 10:40am

Know Before You Go Program

Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Center

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12:50pm - 1:05pm

Skier Compaction as a Tool: Public Exposure to Avalanche Hazard in Ski Areas

Ryan Howe, Telluride Mountain Guides

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10:25am - 10:40am

Laser Mapping of Mountain Snowpacks: New Tools for Snow & Avalanche Science

Jeff Deems, National Snow and Ice Data Center

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2:20pm - 2:35pm

Taos Avalanche Center

Andy Bond, Executive Director and Forecaster

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2:35pm - 3:05pm

Afternoon Break

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3:05pm - 3:35pm

The Highway Forecasting Program on 550

Jeff Davis, Colorado Avalanche Information Center Forecaster

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3:35pm - 4:15pm

Left of Whoomph: How Elements of the US Marine Corps Combat Hunter Program Can Help Us Use Heuristics to our Advantage in the Mountain Environment

Jake Hutchinson, American Avalanche Institute

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4:15pm - 4:45pm

Workshop Panel: Questions & Answers

Various Speakers & Presenters

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4:45pm - 4:55pm

Closing Remarks

Michael Ackerman, Silverton Avalanche School Instructor

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5:00pm - 5:45pm

Evening Reception

Social Hour & Networking

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5:45pm

Ski Film Premiere: The Brotherhood Escort with Josh, Ricke, and Isaiah

Josh Jespersen, Journey Lines and POW Ambassador

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9:40am - 10:10am

Big Avalanches of March 2019: Release, Motion and Destructive Effects

Chris Wilbur, Wilbur Engineering, Inc.

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10:25am - 11:10am

Silverton Elementary School 2nd and 3rd Grade Snow Project 2019

Sallie Barney & Silverton Elementary School Students

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9:00am – 9:10am

9:10am - 9:40am

INSTAAR San Juan Avalanche Project

Betsy & Richard Armstrong

Opening Remarks

Silverton Avalanche School Staff

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9:00am - 9:10am

Opening Remarks

Silverton Avalanche School Staff

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2:00pm - 3:00pm

Big Avalanches of March 2019: Release, Motion and Destructive Effects

Chris Wilbur, Wilbur Engineering, Inc.

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2:00pm - 3:00pm

Big Avalanches of March 2019: Release, Motion and Destructive Effects

Chris Wilbur, Wilbur Engineering, Inc.

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2:00pm - 3:00pm

Big Avalanches of March 2019: Release, Motion and Destructive Effects

Chris Wilbur, Wilbur Engineering, Inc.

4 Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop

Saturday, October 26th 2019

Four Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop Overview

Silverton Avalanche School invites you to the 2019 Four Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop (4SAW).  4SAW is a continuing education and networking opportunity for avalanche practitioners and recreationists in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, Northwest New Mexico, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. The Four Corners Snow & Avalanche Workshop (4SAW) will address avalanche operations, current snow and avalanche scientific research, technical innovations, avalanche safety, and celebrating mountain culture. Talks cover research, education and how to apply new tools for the avalanche professional and backcountry enthusiast. 4SAW compliments the workshops held by Colorado Avalanche Information Center and Utah Avalanche Center and is sponsored by the American Avalanche Association.  4SAW is an opportunity to hear from leading avalanche practitioners and take the next step in your backcountry education.

Workshop Details

Our full-day educational workshop features a diverse set of speakers that are at the forefront of avalanche education and research as well as distinguished members of the outdoor industry. These leading experts will cover topics from snow science in Silverton Schools to INSTAAR’s groundbreaking San Juan Avalanche Project, learning Know Before You Go’s 5 simple steps to staying alive in avalanche terrain to the types of Psychological First Aid tools and skills available for those who deal with exposure and trauma on the mountain. Presentations will benefit all experience levels and attendees will gain new tools and knowledge beneficial to traveling safely and having fun in the backcountry.

With arguably the most avalanche-prone snowpack in North America, notoriously steep terrain, extreme avalanche-prone highway corridors, and endless recreational opportunities for backcountry skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and snowmobilers, our region has long been a hotbed for the study of snow and avalanches. Hosting 4SAW in Silverton provides participants with an unparalleled opportunity to discuss pure and applied science together with the practical duties of avalanche safety and mitigation. Attendees will gain invaluable information from well-respected professionals that will build on past concepts and stimulate new ideas to further understanding of avalanches and backcountry terrain. 

You’ll learn from and network with forecasters, patrollers, snow scientists, highway avalanche crews, search & rescue personnel, mountain guides, ski industry manufacturers, backcountry skiers & snowboarders, snowmobilers, avalanche researchers, and more. 

2019 4SAW Speakers:

  • Craig Gordon: Utah Avalanche Center and Know Before You Go
  • Betsy and Richard Armstrong: University of Colorado and San Juan Avalanche Project
  • Starr Jamison: Survivors of Outdoor Adventures and Recovery (SOAR)
  • Sallie Barney: Silverton Public Schools
  • Jeff Deems: National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • Jake Hutchinson: American Avalanche Institute and American Avalanche Association

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements!

Topics Include:

  • Silverton Elementary School’s Study of Snow 
  • Mountain Snowpack Monitoring
  • KBYG as Non-Traditional Education
  • San Juan Avalanche Project History
  • Psychological First Aid Tools & Resources
  • Preparing & Planning Backcountry Tours
  • Community Outreach & Education
  • Avalanche Rescue in Austere Environments

Workshop Logistics:

Date: Saturday, October 26th 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm (Full Schedule to be Announced)
Cost: $40
Included: Lectures, keynote address, small group sessions, product demos
Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation. Information on discounted lodging in the area will be posted shortly.
Venue: Silverton Public School • 1160 Snowden Street • Silverton, CO

Interested In Attending?