WYSAW Offers a Unique Opportunity to Prepare for Winter

Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation, Backcountry Zero, Central Wyoming College and Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center present the 4th annual Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop to be held on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at the Center for the Arts. The workshop will run from 8:30am – 4:30pm with an after-party at Snake River Brewery from 4:30 - 6:30pm.

WYSAW is a full-day educational workshop for snow and avalanche professionals and recreational backcountry users. The event includes a series of presentations from world-class snow science professionals and a panel discussion. The event provides attendees with an opportunity to engage in conversations about risk management, terrain evaluation, snowpack considerations and more while traveling in avalanche terrain.

This year’s event features an excellent line-up of speakers and a panel discussion, “Avalanche Aftermath”, led by Matt Hansen, Executive Editor from Powder Magazine. In an effort to include the growing number of motorized users in the backcountry, the event will also include a presentation by renowned snowmobile avalanche professional Lori Zacaruk from ZacsTracs in Alberta, Canada.

In addition to the educational speakers, approximately 20 backcountry equipment vendors, industry pros, retailers and guides will be on hand to discuss the latest in backcountry technology and offer opportunities for further training. An after-party will be hosted at the Snake River Brewery from 4:30-6:30pm with a raffle to benefit TCSAR at 6pm. WYSAW attendees will receive free beer and apps while they last.

Tickets for this year’s event are $25 in celebration of TCSAR’s 25th anniversary. The ticket includes all speakers, coffee and snacks throughout the day, Pica’s burrito lunch, a sweet swag bag, and apps and a beer at the after-party at Snake River Brewery. Tickets will be available online until Thursday, October 25th. $30 tickets will be available for purchase in person on Friday, October 26th from 11am - 1pm at Snake River Brewery or at the event Saturday morning. Students age 18 and under can attend the workshop for free. Please contact info@tetoncountysar.org to secure free student tickets prior to the event.


WYSAW will include an additional workshop on Sunday, October 28th for Industry Professionals. The Industry Pro workshop will run from 8:30am-Noon at the TCSAR Hangar and topics will include: Insights from a Career in Rescue, Mental Health for First Responders, Mindset of a Rescue Professional, Review of Avalanche Resuscitation from a Medical Perspective, and Incident Management from a Legal Perspective. The Pro Workshop is free with a WYSAW ticket purchase but a separate, advanced registration is required. Space is limited to 50 people for the Sunday workshop.

Tickets and a complete event schedule for both days are available at www.tetoncountysar.com/wysaw.

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