The 2020 Snow and Avalanche Workshop will be fully virtual!

This year will mark the 6th year of Montana State University’s Snow and Avalanche Workshop, a collaborative event free of charge for any interested attendees. This year all presentations will be virtual, and we are spreading out the presentations over three 1.5 hour sessions.  Presentations will be recorded and posted to this website after each week.  Each evening will center around a theme, listed below: 

November 2, 7-8:30pm MST: Expanding Access to the Backcountry, with presentations by:

Vasu Sojitra: Presentation slides available for download at this link

Connor Ryan

Ingrid Backstrom: Presentation slides available for download at this link

A recording of the November 2 presentations can be found here:

November 9, 7-8:30pm MST: Focus on Local: Being Avy Savvy in Big Sky Country, with presentations by:

Uphill Pursuits

Dan Kaveney, American Avalanche Association

Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

A recording of the November 9 presentations can be found here:

November 16, 7-8:30pm MST: Research Roundup: New and expanded research from Montana State University, with presentations by:

Earth Sciences Graduate student Zach Keskinen, "Satellite Based Avalanche Detections - a near real time forecasting tool."For more information, email Zach at[email protected].

Civil Engineering Graduate student Jamie Dillon, "Operationalizing LiDAR for Avalanche Forecasting: Snow Depth Mapping and Beyond." For more information, email Jamie at [email protected].

Dr. Jordy Hendrikx presenting collaborative research with Professor Andrea Mannberg from The Arctic University of Norway, "What's economics got to do with it? An economic perspective on decision-making in avalanche terrain." For more information and to watch's Andrea's Virtual ISSW talk, visit

A recording of the November 16 presentations can be found here: 

Attendees will be eligible to win prizes from The North Face, Backcountry Access, and Mammut!

Presentations will benefit attendees of all experience levels.  Join us for this incredible learning opportunity just in time for the start of the winter season!  No registration is required, just join at the designated time at the following link:
You can either use your computer mic and speakers (if they are enabled) or phone-in at:
US Toll +1-415-655-0002 Access code: 920 642 787

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