Four Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop 2020


Date: October 2020 to be announced soon
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.

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Four Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop Overview

Silverton Avalanche School invites you to the 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 partially 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 From 2019

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, and learning 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.

Read the full workshop description by clicking here.