The 2020 Snow and Avalanche Workshop will be fully virtual!  We are excited to announce more updates in the coming weeks, but save the following dates and times for an incredible learning experience just in time for the start of the winter season. 

Mondays, 7-8pm: Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23

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2019 SAW Event: "Knowing Snow, Knowing Yourself" Recap

Wednesday, October 9, 2019: 6 - 9 pm, SUB Ballroom A
(5-6pm: Vendor Hour)

Join us for an evening of presentations, discussion, and stoke. Let's get started on winter! 

Bring your ski buddies and  join us at the 5th annual MSU Snow and Avalanche Workshop for an evening of thinking about how we interact with snow, terrain, and our own decisions.

 This year’s event is aimed at merging our knowledge of the forecast and conditions with our personal choices. Our main speaker is Nate Furman from the University of Utah. Nate, an AMGA-certified Rock Guide and Assistant Alpine Guide, will lead us in a discussion of leadership, risk, and consequences titled: "Heuristics Aren’t a Dirty Word: Adding Color and Context to a Misunderstood Concept." Nate’s talk is sponsored by the American Avalanche Association.

Next up will be an interactive exercise using a forecast, weather, terrain information and asking you to make a series of decisions. We will ask you to record them anonymously via an easy to use mobile voting tool. Please bring your cell phone. We will then closely examine the results. The debrief will be led by Doug Chabot, director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.


  • 5-6 pm Social hour – Visit with vendors, sign up for an avalanche class, buy raffle tickets, light snacks provided.
  • 6-9 pm - Speakers and Discussion (Raffle prize giveaways throughout!)


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