WYSAW promotes snow stoke and safety

JACKSON, Wyo. — As the season’s first significant snowfall blankets the Northern Rockies, skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers are gearing up for winter. But getting ready for ski season is about more than just waxing the boards and buying new boots. It’s about being in the proper mindset to make good decisions in the mountains.

For the last five years, that’s been the guiding principle behind the Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop. The Fifth Annual WYSAW seeks to enlighten and build awareness about backcountry safety in a relaxed, accessible atmosphere.

Organized by the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation, WYSAW includes two events: a Pro Industry Workshop, catering to professionals in the field, on Friday, October 25; and the main event, intended for all audiences, scheduled for Saturday, October 26. Both events will be held at the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson.

WYSAW prepares skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers for winter through snow safety education. Photo courtesy Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation

This year’s seminars are packed with valuable information. The Teton Pass panel that is sure to demand local attention as WYDOT threatens to curtail backcountry access to one of the area’s most popular and accessible spots. Stakeholders representing skiers and snowboarders, the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, and WYDOT will discuss how to keep it accessible while keeping commuters safe.

But each seminar has something valuable to offer. Jamie Yount will take a deep dive into the deadly avalanche cycle that wreaked havoc on Colorado last year. Jeff Hambelton will present on avalanche safety for snowmobilers. Anne St Clair will explain how to read an avalanche forcast and suggest opportunities for making avalanche bulletins more accessible and more targeted to different user groups. 

Tickets are $30 until Oct. 15 and are good for both days. Tickets include free lunch, goodie bags, and an after party with beer and raffle prizes.

After Oct. 14, ticket prices go up to $40. Numerous vendors from across the snowsports industry will be showcasing new products during the show.

Learn more and buy tickets online.

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