Schedule 

Tuesday, Oct 20th 

5:00 pm Opening
5:15 pm Ben VandenBos, Earthquakes and Avalanches
5:50 pm Dennis D'Amico, What's New with the Avalanche Center
6:10 pm Dan Kaveney, Engaging with A3 & ISSW
6:20 pm  David Hill, Pacific Northwest Snowpack: What’s Changing and How do we Know?
6 :40 Closing 

Thursday, Oct 22nd 

5:00 pm  Opening
5:15 pm Sara Boilen, Human Behavior and Communication in Complicated Times and Terrain
5:40 pm Dallas Glass, Who, What, When, Where, Why? And other simple questions to ask the snow
6:00 pm Erich Peitzsch, How old are people who die in avalanches? - A look into avalanche fatalities in the United States from 1950-2018
6:30 pm Cody Townsend,  “The Normalization of Deviance” Topic: Decision making in the mountains
7:00 pm Closing 

Tuesday, Oct 27th 

5:00 pm Opening
5:10 pm Steve Smith, Illuminating our blind spots: Learning from Near-Misses
5:30 pm Peter Moore, Unique Snow and Avalanche Conditions of the Cascade Volcanoes
5:40 pm Laura Maguire, Breaking trail: A new view on error, performance and staying safe in avalanche terrain.  
6:10 pm Anti-Racism in Winter Recreation, Panel Discussion
6:50 pm Closing  

Thursday, Oct 29th 

5:00 pm Opening  
5:10 pm Pascal Haegli, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bulletin Users but Were Afraid to Ask.
5:30 pm Jake Hutchinson, Left of Whoomph
6:00 pm Steve Cogner, HEY Partner, can we HUCKEM?
6:20 pm Charlotte Guard, Women's Mentorship Program
6:30 pm Nick Bond, Outlook for the Winter of 2020-21 in the Pacific NW
6:55 pm Closing 


Join the Northwest Avalanche Center for the fourteenth annual Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop (NSAW). NSAW is the region’s largest gathering of snow and avalanche professionals and backcountry recreationists who work and travel in avalanche terrain. 

NSAW covers topics on recent scientific research, technical innovations, avalanche safety, and mountain experience. Talks will range from scholarly research to every day application; all attendees, regardless of experience, will walk away with new  tools for the backcountry. 

NSAW is an opportunity to hear from leading avalanche practitioners and take the next step in your backcountry education. As a result of Covid-19 NSAW will be held virtually over the course of two weeks with four distinct sessions. Although we cannot gather in-person, this format presents a unique opportunity to connect with the ever growing backcountry community of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 


Photos By: Tommy Yacoe & John Scurlock

VIRTUAL SERIES: October 20, 22, 27, 29

Presented By

Presenter Information

Steve Smith, Experiential Consulting LLC Founder
Illuminating our blind spots: Learning from Near-Misses

Cody Townsend,  Professional Skier  

“The Normalization of Deviance” Topic: Decision making in the mountains.

Pascal Haegeli
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bulletin Users but Were Afraid to Ask.

Sara Boilen, Clinical Psychologist and owner of Sweetgrass Psychology
 Human Behavior and Communication in Complicated Times and Terrain

David Hill, Professor at Oregon State University & National Geographic Explorer
Pacific Northwest Snowpack: What’s Changing and How do we Know?

Charlotte Guard, NWAC,  Program Director
Women's Mentorship Program

Dennis D'Amico, NWAC, Director of Forecasting
What's New With the Avalanche Center


Ben VandenBos, Avalanche Forecasters at USFS Sawooth Avalanche Center 
Earthquakes and Avalanches

Erich Peitzsch, USGS, Physical Scientist 
How old are people who die in avalanches? - A look into avalanche fatalities in the United States from 1950-2018

Dallas Glass, NWAC, Deputy Director

Who, What, When, Where, Why? And other simple questions to ask the snow.

Presentor Information

Supported By

NSAW Ticket Purchase 

NWAC Members - you're eligible for a $10 discount! Be sure to enter the email associated with your membership. Not a member but would like to become one? Sign up here!

General Admission | $45
NWAC Members     | $35
Lunch                        | $6



NWAC Member Ticket

Ticket Price: 

Members: $25

Non-Members: $40

Interested in becoming an NWAC Member?

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Steve Conger, Professional Member American Avalanche Association, Professional Member Canadian Avalanche Association

HEY Partner, can we HUCKEM?

Jake Hutchinson, Avalanche Professional

Left of Whoomph

Supporting Sponsors

Laura Maguire, Ohio State University, Researcher

Breaking trail: A new view on error, performance and staying safe in avalanche terrain. 

Peter Moore, NWAC, Avalanche Specialist 

Unique Snow and Avalanche Conditions of the Cascade Volcanoes

 Nick Bond, Climatologist

Outlook for the Winter of 2020-21 in the Pacific NW

Dan Kaveney, American Avalanche Association, Executive Director

Engaging with A3 & ISSW

Chelsea Murphy, Adventure Mama and Activist

Anti-Racism in Winter Recreation Panel Discussion

Aidan Goldie (he, him, his), Science Educator  

Anti-Racism in Winter Recreation Panel Discussion

Michael Schlafmann, USDA Forest Service,  Public Services Staff Officer

Anti-Racism in Winter Recreation Panel Discussion 


Thank you to our Sponsors: 


























Vasu Sojitra (he, him, his), Professional Athlete and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist

Anti-Racism in Winter Recreation Panel Discussion