JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation, in partnership with the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center and Central Wyoming College, is proud to present the eighth annual Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop (WYSAW) on Oct. 21-22.
The two-day symposium will be held at Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson.
Regarded for always having a stellar speaker lineup, WYSAW returns to full in-person capacity at The Center and will continue to offer virtual viewing for those who can’t attend in person.
Launched by TCSAR Foundation eight years ago as part of its Backcountry Zero initiative, WYSAW addresses backcountry safety by elevating conversations about risk, decision-making and snow as a complicated medium.
Sadly, avalanche fatalities continue to be a painful feature of winter backcountry recreation. Last winter there were 17 such deaths in the U.S., with seven in the Greater Yellowstone region, including three in the Jackson Hole area.
The 2022 WYSAW schedule starts with an afternoon Pro Session on Oct. 21. Though anyone can attend, the speakers will tailor their presentations to on-snow professionals and other advanced backcountry users. Saturday, Oct. 22, will be an all-day general session, applicable for anyone who enjoys getting on snow, from people who are new to winter backcountry activities to seasoned experts. A variety of speakers will touch on leading topics in the snow and avalanche world, and strike a healthy balance between snow science, decision-making, case studies on previous incidents and backcountry ethics.
All registered guests to the general session receive a free lunch from Pica’s on Saturday, and access to the vendor fair with 20-plus brands and businesses, food and beverages from local providers, and a huge raffle in support of Teton County Search & Rescue. It is always a good time to reconnect and dust off the summer dirt as we prepare for a safe winter ahead.
The price of admission is $10 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, or $35 for both days. There is no cost to watch virtually, but you must register. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged.
For more information and to register, go to TetonCountySAR.org/wysaw.