Join NWAC for a virtual workshop facilitated by over 20 female-identifying professionals nationwide from a range of snow and avalanche professions including guides, forecasters, ski patrol, educators, and non-profit staff. The event will feature a panel discussion, presentations, and breakout sessions divided by career interest. 

Snow and Avalanche Industries Definition: A person who works in avalanche mitigation or avoidance including ski patrol, mountain guides, avalanche educators, etc.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021


A national professional development seminar and networking event for women working or interested in working in the snow and avalanche industries.

Breakout Room Information

Ski Patrol


Snow Science / Research

Avalanche Forecasting


Department of Transportation Avalanche Mitigation

Side Gig

Industry Generalists

Mountain Guiding 

Presentor Information

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

Photos By: Diana Bartos, Helen Shuckers & Scott Schell

Workshop Facilitators

This professional workshop is open to any female-identifying or non-binary person either working in or interested in working in the snow and avalanche industries no matter the stage in your career. The snow and avalanche industries is defined as a person who works in avalanche mitigation or avoidance including ski patrol, mountain guides, avalanche educators, etc.

This program is not meant for those working or interested in volunteer roles (SAR, volunteer patrol, volunteer education organizations) or outdoor industry roles outside of avalanche mitigation or avoidance. If you have any questions about your eligibility please reach out to

If you have extended experience working in the snow and avalanche professions and would like to help facilitate, please reach out to 

Event StructureAttendance ElligibiltyFacilitatorsRegistration

Anne St. Clair
Simon Fraser University Avalanche Research Program and Public Avalanche Forecaster, Avalanche Canada

Diana Saly
Forecasting, Avalanche Canada

Eryka Thorley
Ski Patrol, Guide & Education, Colorado

Jordan Garrett
Ski Patrol, Big Sky

Kate Koons
A3 Board, AIARE Pro Instructor, Idaho

Katie Warren
Ski Patrol, Stevens Pass  

Juliana Garcia

IFMGA, AIARE, President of the Ecuadorian Mountain Guides Association 

Lynne Wolfe
Education, TAR Editor

Robin Kodner
Snow Science | Research, Washington

Brigit Anderson 

Education, AIARE

Robin Pendery

Assistant Snow Safety Director- Crystal, WA

Margaret Wheeler Farmer

 AMGA IFMGA Guide, AIARE Ed Com Director, ID 

Samantha Killgore

Eeva Latosuo
Associate Professor, Alaska Pacific University

Laura LeBlanc
Education, Washington 

Melis Coady
Executive Director of the Alaska Avalanche School

Robecca Hodgetts
Forecasting, Colorado

Nikki Champion
Forecasting, Utah

Micheli Oliver
Snow Science

Monserrat Alverez Matehuala
Membership and Inclusion Coordinator, AMGA 

Lyra Pierotti
Guiding, Washington

Brenda Hollon

Education, Mountain Guiding

Lindsey Halvorson

Sr. Advocacy Coordinator, Protect Our Winters

Laura Maguire

Researcher Ohio State University (Cognitive Systems Engineering Lab)

Patty Morrison

Educator/Stevens Pass Mountain Education  

Sarah Carpenter 
Education, Tetons

Sheldon Kerr
IMFGA Guide, Colorado  

Sandy Kobrock
Education, Alaska 

Ann Mellick
Avalanche Forecaster Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Northern San Juan

Wendy Wagner
Forecasting, Chugach 

Erica Engle
IFMGA Mountain Guide, AMGA Instructor Team AIARE Instructor Trainer and Pro Trainer A3 Pro Training Coordinator 

Angela Seidling
Ski Patrol Director, Stevens Pass 

Irene Henninger
Forecaster, NWAC

Mallorie Estenson

Guide & AIARE Instructor

Yulia Dubinina

SheJumps, WA 

Solveig Waterfall

AMGA Ski Guide, Avalanche Educator, Alpine Climbing Guide, Firefighter/EMT 

We are keeping this event free in order to reduce any barriers to entry but ask that you consider your availability before you sign up.

The breakout rooms and participant experience will be coordinated based on each participant and their industry goals. Breakout rooms will be small groups and therefore negatively impacted by no-shows. We will consider your signup commitment for attending the event and appreciate you letting us know in advance if you’re unable to make the workshop.

Panel: Representatives from industry sectors including educators, ski patrol, mountain guides, and forecasters will speak to their experience in the industry and give an overview of the different possible tracks. 

Breakout Rooms: Participants will be pre-assigned breakout rooms with 4-6 participants and 1-2 facilitators based on their indicated preferences and geography. For example if you are interested in avalanche forecasting in Colorado we will do our best to pair you with a Colorado based forecaster. Each breakout room will last approximately 45min - 1 hour.

Group Activity: Participants will have the opportunity to report out on their breakout rooms and engage with other participants outside their breakout rooms.

Lecture & Wrap-up: Presentation around industry progression 


We will be creating breakout rooms based on interest from participants with 4-8 participants and 1-2 facilitators in each room. Please reach out to us if you have any questions on which breakout room is right for you.