Presenter Information

Weston (Wes) Thelen, Seismologist at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory

If An Avalanche Happens on a Volcano, Does it Make a Sound? Seismic Detection of Avalanches on Cascade Volcanoes 

Liz Riggs Meder, Director of Recreation Programs at AIARE

Work With Your Brain to Pay Better Attention in the Backcountry

Nina Aargon, PhD Student in Water Resources Engineering at Oregon State University

CommunitySnow.org: Snowpack Modeling and Monitoring Changes

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 Nick Bond, Climatologist 

Winter 2022/23 Outlook for the Pacific Northwest

Join the Northwest Avalanche Center for a day of learning and take the next step in your backcountry education. At the Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop (NSAW) you’ll hear from leading avalanche practitioners and researchers as they present on avalanche safety, mountain stories, and technical innovations. Everyone, regardless of their experience, will walk away with new tools for the backcountry. 

This year, we are excited to offer both an in-person and virtual attendance option. We hope this allows for our entire community to enjoy this event. 

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2022 Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop

October 16th, 8 am - 5 pm 

Town Hall Seattle

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Event Details

In-person attendance 

Join us in-person in Seattle for a day of snow and avalanche information and community building. We will have brands on-site showing off this year's new gear during a coffee social hour, an exclusive raffle for in-person attendees, and a community happy hour from 4 pm - 5 pm. 

An in-person ticket will include access to the live stream and recordings of the event. 

Location: Town Hall Seattle | 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 

Transportation and Parking Options: Parking is not available at the venue. Please use this site to help with transportation planning. 

Optional Lunch: A catered lunch is available for $15. You can opt for a lunch option with your ticket purchase. Lunch will include a sandwich or bowl from Old Ballard Catering Co. All lunches come with chips and a cookie. Gluten-free or vegan dessert options are available upon request. 

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Virtual attendance 

A virtual live stream link will be provided. You can choose to watch the event live or at a later date. 

Ticket Cost Information 

In-Person Tickets 

-Tickets are $40

-Online ticket sales are available until October 13th, after that any remaining tickets will be available at the door for $50. 

-Tickets do not include lunch. Lunch can be purchased for $15. Members do not receive a discount on lunch. Lunch must be ordered before October 13th. 

-Coffee will be provided during the pre-event social hour and beer will be provided during the happy hour. 


Virtual Tickets

-Tickets are $20 and are available until the morning of the event 

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Schedule

Amy Jenkins, Ambassador for the All American Heroes Foundation

Overcoming Adversity, Navigating & Improving Mental Health by Recreating in the Backcountry by an Adaptive Athlete

Dr. Alia L. Khan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Western Washington University

Light Absorbing Particles, Snow Algae, and their role in our Changing Snowpacks

Sunday, October 16th | Town Hall Seattle 


8:00 am - Doors Open

Arrive early to meet with brands on this year's new gear and enter the exclusive raffle 


Session 1: Supporting Access to Our Winter Mountains 

9:00 am - Scott Schell and Dennis D'Amico, Welcome and What's New at WAC

9:30 am - Amy Jankins, Overcoming Adversity, Navigating & Improving Mental Health by Recreating in the Backcountry by an Adaptive Athlete 

10:10 am - Charlotte Guard, Meet You at the Trailhead: Connecting with Our Community 

10:35 am - Break

Session 2: Making and Communicating Pertinent Observations 

11:05 am - Wes Thelen, If An Avalanche Happens on a Volcano, Does it Make a Sound? Seismic Detection of Avalanches on Cascade Volcanoes 

11:35 am - Larry Goldie, Communicating Observations: My Team, Other Parties, The Community 

12:05 pm - Liz Riggs Meder, Work With Your Brain to Pay Better Attention in the Backcountry

Working Lunch with NWAC 

12:40 pm - Lunch, Optional working lunch to get insight into NWAC's operations 

Session 3: Our Changing Mountain Snowpack 

2:10 pm - Alia Khan, Light Absorbing Particles, Snow Algae, and their role in our Changing Snowpacks

2:40 pm - Nina Aragon, CommunitySnow.org: Snowpack Modeling and Monitoring Changes 

3:10 pm - Nick Bond, Winter 2022-23 Outlook for the Pacific Northwest 

3:34 pm - Scott Schell, Closing  


4:00 pm - Community Happy Hour

Presale Ticket Pricing

NWAC Members receive a 20% discount


In-person Tickets - $40

Includes entrance to the event and post-event recordings

Optional lunch - $15 per person


Virtual Tickets - $20 

Includes access to the live stream and post-event recordings 


Larry Goldie is an internationally (IFMGA) licensed Mountain guide and AMGA certified guide 

Communication in the Backcountry

Charlotte Guard, Program Director at The Northwest Avalanche Center 

Meet You at the Trailhead: Connecting with Our Community