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Northwest Snow & Avalanche Summit- Oct 24th


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Host: Michael Jackson, Executive Director of the Alpine Safety Awareness Program

Type: Education - Workshop

Price: $40.00 online, $50.00 at the door- Checks or Cash ONLY on the day of the event. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/78728'>http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/78728

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009

Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Location: REI Flagship Store

Street: 222 Yale Avenue

City/Town: Seattle, WA


The Northwest Snow and Avalanche Summit (NSAS) is a professional development seminar for avalanche workers, and a continuing education opportunity for recreationalists. NSAS is intended for ski patrollers, forecasters, ski guides, search and rescue teams, as well as any number of other occupations that occur on and around snow. The content of NSAS is relevant to professionals and recreationalists alike.


All Ortovox S1 owners can bring their transceivers to NSAS for a free software upgrade.


Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/78728

Please note that NSAS will be limited to the first 300 participants to sign up. This event has sold out the previous two years.


Your host, Michael "MJ" Jackson, is the Executive Director of ASAP. http://www.alpinesafety.org/

"The Alpine Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) is a community-based effort that uses local resources to teach alpine safety skills to children and adults throughout the Pacific Northwest. We aim to save lives and reduce injuries by proactively increasing alpine safety awareness. Since 1999, we have reached more than 30,000 students and adults through our programs. Our goal is to make safety a habit among all winter outdoor enthusiasts."


Assisting him as the 2009 NSAS Coordinator is Sarah Stewart.


Updated Schedule:

THEME: “Risk Management in the Management Industry”

8:00-8:30~ Registration

8:30-8:45~ Welcome (Steve Christie, Host)

8:45-9:30~ Kenny Kramer (NWAC Forecaster), “Dangers in Interpreting Danger Level: A Matter of Scale”

9:30-10:15~ Colin Zacharias (ACMG/AMGA Guides Examiner, AIARE Technical Director), "Snowpack Tests: Recent Research and a Guide's Practical Approach"

10:15-10:45~ BREAK

10:45-11:30~ Simon Trautman (CAIC Forecaster), “Wet Snow Characteristics”

11:30-12:15~ Thomas Exner (ACMG Mountain Guide, Researcher), “Deep Slab Instabilities”

12:15-13:45~ LUNCH

13:45-14:30~ Greg Johnson (CAA Forecaster), “The Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale - An Introduction”

14:30-15:15~ Ted Steiner (BNSF Railroad Avalanche Safety Consultant),“ Complexities of a Modern Forecasting Program”

15:15-15:45~ BREAK

15:45-16:30~ Mike Stanford (WSDOT Avalanche Supervisor), “Management of an Auto-Feed”

16:30- 1700~ Rob Gibson (Snoqualmie Pass Patrol Director), “Lines in the Snow: Communication Between Backcountry Enthusiasts and Regional Avalanche Control Programs."

1700-20:00~ No Host Beer Garden


For FBers:

NSAS 2009: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=125680529406

ASAP Dinner & Fundraiser: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=141672052489

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