October 22

Dr. Darry Mascias “State of the Art in avalanche medicine”

Manuel Genswein “state of the art in avalanche rescue”

October 29

Ben Pritchett (CAIC) and Kristie Bourcer (Hindsdale County Commissioner) “The Lake City Avalanche Disaster 2019”

November 5

Jamie Yount, (CDOT) “Avalanche mitigation projects in Colorado”

David Hill (Oregon State University)“The Community Snow observations Project”

Kris Sanders (National Weather Service) “La Nina? A seasonal outlook for the San Juan Mountains, CO “

November 12

Ann Mellick (CAIC)“avalanche accident outbreak in the San Juan Mountains in March 2020 “

Laura Maguire (Ohio State Univeristy) “Sensemaking from theory to practice…recreation to pro “

In 2019 we held the Four Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop Overview

FROM 2019: Silverton Avalanche School invites you to the 2019 Four Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop.  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  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 funded 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. The details for 2021 will be released at the end of the season. 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:

  • Betsy Armstrong 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
  • Jeff Davis: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
  • Andy Bond: Taos Avalanche Center
  • David Lovejoy: Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center
  • Ryan Howe: Telluride Mountain Guides
  • Chris Wilbur: Arthur I. Mears, P.E., Inc. & Wilbur Engineering, Inc.
  • Josh Jespersen: Journey Lines

Topics for 2019 Include:

  • Silverton Elementary School’s Study of Snow 
  • Mountain Snowpack Monitoring
  • Highway Avalanche Forecasting
  • The INSTAAR’s San Juan Avalanche Project History
  • Psychological First Aid Tools & Resources
  • Avalanche Center Operations in New Mexico and Arizona
  • Upcoming Winter Outlook
  • Community Outreach & Education
  • Explosive Testing and Mecanical Compaction in Ski Areas
  • Using Heuristics to your advantagae in the Mountain Environment
  • Weather in the Four Corners Region
  • An Engineer’s Perspective on Avalanches

Workshop Logistics:

Time: 7:30am – 6:30pm  •  View the 2019 Schedule here
Cost: $40
Included: Lectures, small group sessions, refreshments, and evening reception
Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation. See below for lodging discounts or visit our Local Area page for hotels and dining options in the area.
Venue: Silverton Public School • 1160 Snowden Street • Silverton, CO

Do you need to reserve lodging?

  • Book at The Wyman Hotel, or call 970-799-4952, and tell them you are attending 4SAW to receive a 20% discount. 
  • Book at The Grand Imperial using promo code AVALANCHE, or by calling 970-387-5527, to receive a 20% discount.

Interested In Attending?