Ski / sled tracks as an expression of avalanche risk
Jordy Hendrikx, Snow and Avalanche Lab, Montana State University
Linking changing snowcover properties to altered avalanche flow regimes and effects on run-out distances at Bird Hill, southcentral Alaska
Katreen Wikstroem Jones, Dept. of Environmental Science, Alaska Pacific University
The basics of climate change and debunking the myth
Jordy Hendrikx, Snow and Avalanche Lab, Montana State University
Climate change in Alaska: how to think positive
Mike Loso, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
So You Want To Be An Avalanche Forecaster? From the couch to the snowpit; a look at the changing world of U.S. avalanche education
Dallas Glass, American Avalanche Association, Interim Pro Training Coordinator
Evolution of the AEL&P Avalanche Program Mike Janes, Alaska Electric Light & Power
Waves breaking uphill: A survivor’s story
Mike Hopper, Owner/operator The Lodge at Black Rapids, EARC founding member
Highlights from the 2014 ISSW, Banff Canada
Eeva Latosuo, Alaska Pacific University and Alaska Avalanche School
Damalanche: Avalanche Dammed River
Sarah Carter, Alaska Avalanche Information Center
The Evolution of the 2014 ‘Damalanche’ Facet Layer in South–Central and South East Alaska
Don Sharaf, Valdez Heli-Ski Guides and American Avalanche Institute
Fracture Speeds of Triggered Avalanches
Dave Hamre, Alaska Railroad Corp.
An Avalanche of Data: SNOTEL sites, their instruments, and what it all means
Daniel Fischer, National Resources Conservation Service
Webcams, Snowfall Data and other ADOT&PF Online Goodies
Matt Murphy, ADOT&PF
Performing Under Pressure: Improving Student Performance
Deb Ajango, Director of SafetyEd
Risk and Liability for Avalanche Professionals
Tracey Knutson, Knutson and Associates Attorneys at Law
Three Hard Years in the Chilkat Range of Alaska: Potential Causes and Possible Solutions to Problems in the Alaska Heli-Ski Industry
Mark Kelly, Alaska Heliskiing Lead Guide/Primary Forecaster
Occupational Safety and Health Compliance
Phil Jensen and Colleen Cunanan, Consultants with Alaska Occupational Safety and Health’s Consultation and Training section
Mechanism of dry slab avalanche release – a look under the hood
Ron Simenhois, The friend of the North Douglas Avalanche Center and Coeur Alaska
Abstract: A dry slab avalanche starts when a fracture along a weak snowpack layer undercuts a large section of a slope. In this presentation we will take a look at how a weak layer fracture starts, the energy that drives it across the slope and the causes for a fracture to arrest. We will also talk about what allows or prevents a released slab from sliding down the slope. Finally, we will touch on the practical implications we can drive from the theory behind the mechanisms of dry avalanche release.
Turnagain Pass snowpack temperature array – more than meets the eye Wendy Wagner, Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center
Abstract: During the winter of 2012-13 the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center teamed up with BeadedStream LLC to install and operate a 3 meter vertical temperature array in the heart of Turnagain Pass. The array consisted of temperature sensors that measured real-time soil, snow and air every 10cm at 5 minute intervals. This presentation will discuss not only the expected data, i.e. snowpack temperature gradients, but also the unexpected information which proved valuable for weather and avalanche forecasting.
Winter 2012/2013 – Persistent weak layer under a deep snowpack. Challenges at Alyeska resort. Andy Dietrick and Jim Kennedy, Alyeska Resort
Tips and tricks for forecasting Eastern Turnagain Arm weather James Nelson, National Weather Service
Abstract: The National Weather Service (NWS) in Anchorage provides forecasts for Southcentral Alaska. There are many ways to access the forecast information including the web page. We will discuss the services provided on the web page as well as discussing what to glean from the information. We will also discuss the elements and techniques we use to forecast snowfall in Southcentral Alaska.
The Sweet Spot: When Competence and Confidence Overlap Aleph Johnston-Bloom, Alaska Avalanche School
Abstract: There have been a series of accidents that have happened to experienced people and professionals in the last couple years, notably this past season. In more than one accident report, other snow professionals have remarked that they could see themselves making decisions similar to those of the victims. I have also felt that – seeing myself in the boots of a deceased friend, making similar choices. I spent a lot of time this summer thinking about human factors as they relate to avalanche professionals and experienced folks. This talk touches on the culture of decision-making in avalanche situations as a professional, specifically talking about fear, vulnerability, competence and confidence. I want to explore the idea that it is an ideal place from which to make decisions when an individual’s level of confidence lines up with his/her competence. How do we get to that balance? Or at least have a personal awareness about it?
The Information Burden: Data Challenges for Snow Safety Operations Henry Munter, Chugach Powder Guides
Avalanche Rescue perspective, 212th pararescue Captain John Romspert, USAF Pararescue
Seward Highway Avalanche Operations Matt Murphy, Alaska Department of Transportation
Abstract: The Seward Highway follows a route through the Chugach and Kenai Mountains between Alaska’s largest population center of Anchorage and the City of Seward. In addition to the primary alignment, there are spur roads leading from the Seward Highway toward: Whittier, Hope, and Homer making the highway a major artery for transportation on the Kenai Peninsula. The Seward Highway has been susceptible to snow avalanches since its completion in the early 1950’s, and significant efforts have been made to reduce this hazard.
Using time-lapse photography to assist with difficult avalanche forecasting problems Ron Simenhois, The friend of the North Douglas Avalanche Center and Coeur Alaska
Abstract: Glide, wet and cornice avalanches can present a significant hazard to people and property in snowy climates. These often destructive avalanches are difficult to forecast and hard to control. In this presentation, we explore a cheap and simple method using time-lapse photography to monitor, study and assist in forecasting these avalanches.
Original Alaska Avalanche Center (1980s) and forecasting resources compared to modern day.
Jim Woodmencey, Meteorologist MountainWeather
Abstract: During the Winter Season of 1985-86 I came up to Anchorage to work at what was then called the Alaska Avalanche Forecast Center. Bruce Tremper, who I went to college with at Montana State University, was also working there at the time, and we were both hired by Jill Fredston, the director. In this talk I will chronicle the history of the avalanche center in Alaska from its meager beginnings back in 1977, with Doug Fesler forecasting for Chugach State Park, through the final days of the AAFC as a State funded entity, which coincidentally was the end of the one and only season that I worked there. The center was shut down in 1986 due to a lack of funding. I will discuss the work we did, from weather forecasting to avalanche fieldwork, and look at how both of those have changed over the years. And also talk of our close relationship with the Alaska Avalanche School.