Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop
Sat. October 27, 2018
8:30am - 4:30pm

Center for the Arts

Tickets for this year’s event are $25 in celebration of TCSAR’s 25th Anniversary. Ticket fee includes all speakers, coffee and snacks, Pica’s 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.

The 4th Annual WYSAW is a full day educational workshop for snow and avalanche professionals and recreational backcountry users. The event includes a series of presentations and a panel discussion that provide attendees with an opportunity to engage in conversations about risk management, terrain evaluation, snowpack considerations and more while traveling in avalanche terrain.

Our vendor and partner showcase will have products, technology and services to provide additional educational opportunities.

New for 2018!

Sunday, October 28th
8:30am - 12:00pm
TCSAR Hangar

Industry professionals are invited to join us on Sunday for an additional, focused learning opportunity. 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
• 2018 ICAR Update
• 2018 ISSW updates
• Incident Management from a Legal Perspective: Practical Tips for Incident Management and Investigation
• Temperature-Related Avalanche Triggering

This workshop is free with your WYSAW ticket purchase but a separate, advance registration is required. Space is limited to 50 people - please sign up early to secure a spot.

Can’t make the party? That’s okay! You can purchase raffle tickets online and support the cause. Don’t need to be present to win.  Click here to purchase.

Can’t make the party? That’s okay! You can purchase raffle tickets online and support the cause. Don’t need to be present to win. Click here to purchase.


8:45 - 9:00 Stephanie Thomas and Lynne Wolfe: Opening Remarks

9:00 - 9:50 Dale Atkins Keynote: Theory of Accidents

9:50 - 10:10 Dr. Terry O’Connor: Still Not Dead Yet

10:10 - 10:35 Lori Zacaruk: Topic Coming Soon

10:35 - 10:55 Break

10:55 - 11:20 Lynne Wolfe: Debriefing - Did We Make Good Decisions or Just Get Away With It?

11:20 - 11:45 Connor Nolan: Gothic Couloir - Blinded by Desire

11:45 - 12:05 Evelyn Lees: Are You Alone? And Uphill Fatalities

12:05 - 12:15 Stephanie Thomas: Introducing Backcountry SOS

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 1:25 A word from title sponsor Arc’teryx

1:25 - 1:40 Bob Comey: BTNF Update

1:40 - 2:05 Jason Konigsberg: Trends of Persistent Slab Avalanches Following Loading Events

2:05 - 2:20 Patrick Wright: Teton DDL - A Science Perspective

2:20 - 2:35 Don Sharaf and Don Carpenter: Teton DDL - A Practitioner’s Perspective

2:35 - 2:55 Break

2:55 - 3:20 James Floyer: The Dangerator: A Tool for Estimating Avalanche Danger

3:20 - 3:45 Kevin Hammonds: Forecasting for an Untouchable Snowpack - A Case Study from Mt. Rainier

3:45 - 4:20 Panel Discussion led by Matt Hansen - Avalanche Aftermath

4:20 - 4:30 Closing

4:30 - 6:30 After-party at Snake River Brewery - Raffle at 6:00pm




2016 WYSAW Presentations