Join us for the 13th Annual NRSAW
When Do Whumpfs Correlate with Avalanches?
Triggering whumpfs is a primary indicator of unstable snowpack conditions. Although backcountrytravelers and avalanche forecasters rely on whumpfsas a warning sign of potential avalanches, there islittle formal research to confirm this relationship. Jason Konigsberg and collaborators in Colorado studiedwhumpf and avalanche data to analyze correlations and found instances when avalanche observationsincreased yet whumpf observations decreased! Jason brought this important research to ISSW and we’relucky to have him make the trip to Montana to share it with us in November.Jason is a Senior Forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s Northern Region. Jasonjoined CAIC in 2015. He made the pilgrimage from the east coast to Steamboat Springs in 1999. Jasonjoined the ski patrol at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah in 2005, and became part of the resort’s snowsafety team. The need formore winter led Jason to spend summers in New Zealand as the snow safetyofficer at Craigieburn Valley ski area and the public forecaster for the Craigieburn Range. Now adjustingto life with only one winter per year, Jason spends his summers riding bikes,combing through avalancheand weather data, and avoiding climates where daytime high temperatures exceed 70 degrees.
Nata de Leeuw
Wind Slab or Storm Slab: When Do We Use Each Term?
Have you ever argued with someone about the interpretation of wind slab and storm slab? If so, you arenot alone! Nata de Leeuw loves a good wind vs. storm slab debate and we can’t wait to hear her thoughtson the topic at NRSAW. Nata will delve into the specifics of how these terms are used in Canada and talkabout parallels to the US avalanche industry.Nata hails from the east side and is very familiar with wind! She began her avalanche career as a skipatroller at Castle Mountain Resort in Alberta. As a grad student at Montana State University (advised byDr. JordyHendrikx), her research focuses on wind slab formation and physical properties, with fieldworkconducted at the Yellowstone Club. Nata presented at ISSW and we are stoked to welcome her to theNRSAW stage.
Thank you to these volunteers and staff for their contributions to NRSAW!
Want to join the NRSAW committee? This is a great way to get involved as a volunteer and start the season on a high note!
Northwest Montana Winter 21/22 in Review and 22/23 Preview (watch)
Burying the Lede: Lessons Learned From a Career of Writing About People and Avalanches
Comparing Avalanche Seasons: Do More Dangerous Conditions Result in More Fatalities?
When Things Do Go Wrong: How a Little Critical Thought, a Few Shortcuts and Better Practice Will Make You a More Effective and Efficient Companion Rescuer
Physical Therapy for a Strong, Healthy Season—and Lifetime
Panel on Regional Avalanche Programs
American Avalanche Association Resiliency Program
How to Get the Story Right, and Other Near Misses of a Media Pro
Importance of Snow Depth Data for Snowpack Modeling for Forecasting
30 Years of Balancing Exposure, Risk, and Operational Goals in a Wicked and Ruthless Learning Environment
Pilot’s Peak Snowbike Near Miss (watch)
Physical Therapy for Backcountry Recreators (watch)
The Ebbs and Flows of a Season and Conditions-First Planning (watch)
2020/21 in Review: Patterns in Education and Experience Levels of People Involved in Colorado Avalanches (watch)
2020/21 in Review: Northwest Montana’s season (watch)
Mark Staples, Amélie Goulet-Boucher, and Parkin Costain
Topics on Social Media and Avalanche Safety (watch)
New Insight into How Recreationists Use and Understand Avalanche Forecasts (watch)
Managing Avalanche Risk Over a Multi-Week Ski Traverse: A Practitioners Experience (watch – skip to 60 minutes in)
Powder Arousal and the White Heat Project (watch)
Post-Adventure Yoga (watch)
Rebecca Hurlen-Patano, Ken Scott, Jeff Thompson
Life and Death in the Silver Mountain Avalanche Accident (watch)
Observations: Space and Time, Relevance, Locations
How Do Recreationists Understand Avalanche Bulletin Information? Opportunities for Making it Better
Wise Ones: Conversations with the Prominent Mentors of the US Avalanche Industry
Riding and Dying in Northwest Montana: An In-Depth Look at Avalanche Fatality Statistics in Our Backyard
It Could Be Worser Than That: Lessons Learned from Avalanche Near-Misses and Accidents
Thinking Under Extreme Stress
Human Factors: Dumb Hearts and Lazy Brains
Are You Effectively Solo?
The Avalanche Hour Podcast and the Importance of Telling Near-Miss Stories
Decision-Making in Side-Country Terrain
Learning from the Mistakes Pros Make
Tory Baughan, Travis Berro, Kyle Haugen
Close Call in the Swan Range
Tricks to Avoid Getting Tricked
Jen Parsons, Erich Peitzsch
Perspectives of Experience
Memory 101 for Avalanche Connoisseurs & Aficionados
What’s Your Call: Managing Uncertainty as a Field Practitioner and Industry-Based Avalanche Forecaster
Canyon Creek Near Miss
Communicating Avalanche Risk & Hazard
Managing Avalanche Risk in the High-Traffic Backcountry Areas
Flathead National Forest