JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The 3rd Annual WYSAW (Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop) will be held Saturday, October 28 at the Center for the Arts. The workshop will run from 8:30am – 5:00pm, and features an excellent line-up of speakers and two panel discussions. Doors will open at 8:15am for the event and attendees are encouraged to arrive early.
The program is a joint effort between Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation, Backcountry Zero, and Central Wyoming College.
“We are excited to host WYSAW for a third time for our community and the region,” said Stephanie Thomas, executive dDirector of TCSARF. “We feel it’s crucial to offer opportunities for the community to build their skills and learn about backcountry safety. Our local guides, outfitters, instructors, and backcountry users at-large have a wealth of knowledge and we’re excited to build upon that. At the end of the day, it’s incumbent upon all of us as backcountry users to make a habit of learning, practicing our backcountry skills and striving to reduce risk wherever we can.”
The event will include a keynote by Knox Williams on trends in avalanche accidents with a focus on the Teton region. Other prominent speakers include Lisa Van Sciver, Simon Trautman, Liam Bailey and local mountaineer Mark Newcomb. This year’s event will also include two speakers and a panel discussion on youth in the backcountry.
In addition to the educational speakers, approximately 20 backcountry equipment vendors, industry pros, retailers and guides will be on hand to discuss the latest in backcountry technology and offer opportunities for further training.
An after-party will be hosted at the Snake River Brewery from 5:30-7:00pm. WYSAW attendees will receive free beer and apps while they last. WYSAW is open to the public. Entry is $40 and includes a swag bag from sponsors, coffee and snacks, lunch from Pica’s, access to all presentations and entrance to the after-party. Students age 18 and under can attend the workshop for free.
2017 Speakers and Presenters
Keynote – Knox Williams: The Snowy Torrents Project: Lessons Learned
Mark Newcomb: The Mountains are Forever
Lisa Van Sciver: Risk Management
Kevin Grove: Honest Reflection of Risk Tolerance to Improve Decision Making
Simon Trautman: Work <=> Play
Liam Bailey: The Inquisitive Man – A Discussion about Elephants
Jamie Musnicki/Simon Trautman: AAA/NAC
Bob Comey: BTNF Avalanche Center Year in Review
Brian Gorsage: WYDOT Year in Review
Lindsay Mann/Keely Kelleher: Our Perspective of Girls in the Backcountry
Don Sharaf vs. Dave Weber: Checklists – Use and Abuse
Stephanie Thomas: Backcountry Zero: Research, Design and How You Will Be Involved
Panel Discussion led by Drew Hardesty: Hot Button Topics for Winter
Panel Discussion led by Matt Hansen: Youth and Media