MT - The 2nd annual Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop (NRASW) will take place on Oct. 13, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Grouse Mountain Lodge
in Whitefish, MT.
NRASW is a one-day gathering of avalanche professionals and
winter backcountry enthusiasts. This year the workshop features six speakers
with varied experiences, backgrounds and expertise in avalanche forecasting,
theory, information processing, emergency decision making and other up-to-date
"It's great to be able to bring this workshop to Whitefish
for a second year," Ted Steiner, NRASW chairman, said. "The Workshop is about
learning, networking, seeing old and making new friends. It's also a time
to remember that winter is on the way, get excited about getting outside, and
most importantly, remember we need to be safe and educated when traveling the
backcountry. We need to come home to our families and enjoy season upon
season of future winter endeavors."
Avalanche Safety Workshop speakers:
Birkeland is founder of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center
in Bozeman and
has spent the past 30 years working professionally as a ski patroller,
educator, backcountry forecaster and researcher.
Savage has been an avalanche forecaster for Big Sky Resort in Montana, but more
recently has toured the country giving lectures and talks analyzing his and
other avalanche professionals' experience and mistakes.
Allegretto is the Avalanche Program Leader for the Missoula National
Weather Service. She is responsible for managing and updating backcountry
Saugstad is a professional skier from Girdwood, AK,
and has a long list of accomplishments as a ski film star, competitive freeride
skier and accomplished backcountry skier.
Robinson was deployed as a Navy SEAL in 2003-2004 where he
specialized in assignments that dealt with stressful group dynamics and
excelled in decision making methods to optimize performance and survival.
Atkins has more than 30 years of experience as an avalanche expert
as a rescuer, forecaster, researcher and educator working in recreational,
industrial and municipal domains.
Session topics range from
technical (recent developments in stability and fracture propagation tests) to
personal (Elyse Saugstad's real life survival story.) The full schedule for the day is
Where: Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish
When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012,
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Pre-Register - $20, At the door- $25 Pay online, or mail a check to NRASW at P.O. Box 4203 Whitefish, MT. 59937.
Registration fees are non-refundable.
For more information visit www.avalanchesafetyworkshop.com.
Sponsors listed here.