The 9th annual Montana State University Snow and Avalanche Workshop was held on November 8th 2023 in SUB Ballroom A. Details and a link to the recording below. 

Outline of the Workshop:

2-4pm: Stress Injury Awareness for Avalanche Professionals Training. RSVP Required.

4-5pm: Vendor Hour! Meet and mingle with representatives from local businesses, gear companies, and community partners. Purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes from all of sponsors. Light snacks provided. 

5pm: Awareness Presentations:

  1. Intro to the Workshop and Avalanche Education Resources for Students: Dan Sandberg, Senior Coordinator, MSU Outdoor Recreation Program
  2. American Avalanche Association (A3) Updates: Gabrielle Antonioli,A3 Resilience Project Manager
  3. The Landscape of Avalanche Edudcation in Bozeman: Shannon Regan, Education Coordinator for the Friends of Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC)

  4. How your Avalanche Center Works for You: Alex Marienthal,  GNFAC forecaster

6pm: Graduate Research Presentations:

  1. Wet-Snow Avalanches: Josh Lipkowitz

  2. Impact of UAV Data on Avalanche Forecasts: Alex Haddad

  3. impact-Initiated Avalanches:Sam Verplanck

7pm: Panel Discussion on Mental Health Resiliency and responding to loss in the mountains. Intro by Dean of Students Matt Caires, Panelists: Gabrielle Antonioli, Gary Kuehn, Justin Short (Ridgeline Counseling Services), and Blair Hensen (Open Routes Adventures Counseling).

*All are welcome for this free event which will both run in-person and live streamed on-line. 


If you’re a business owner, gear representative, or community partner interested in hosting a table at the vendor fair or donating to our raffle, please fill out this form. 

Attendees will be eligible to win prizes from Backcountry Access, Black Diamond, and more!

Parking and Location Information:

The event is held in the Strand Union Building (SUB).!/

To view archived presentations of past Snow and Avalanche Workshops, please visit our SAW Archives page here: SAW Archives

2023 SAW poster