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2019 Avy Awareness Seminar Registrations

 
 
 
 
 
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ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED...
Please feel free to show up between 11-12am on Saturday for drop-in registration.

 

Thanks for your interest in honing your skills and getting ready for the season! 

ESAC is tweaking our ever-popular seminar series for 2019 with a focus on helping you better apply tools, resources, and information to your decision making before and during your backcountry excursions with to goal of increasing your success in the mountains.

The seminars this year are designed to be additive where each 1½ hour Session is designed to walk you through the decision making progression of the day. If you have experience in any one of the particular topics at hand, skip that Session and focus on one of the ones you know less about. 

HERE'S HOW IT WILL PLAY OUT:

Topic 1:  Go/No-Go/Where-Go -  Weather based decision making

Taught by Reno based NOAA meteorologist Zach Tolby, this 1½ session will focus on the tools that the National Weather Service makes available to backcountry skiers on the Eastside to help better understand weather and apply the past, present, and forecast conditions to make better decisions as to where and when to go. This is a great interactive session that offers a unique opporunity to connect with your weatherman and ask questions & better understand what they're talking about.

This course will be held inside in a classroom environment. No ski pass or outdoor equipment is required.

Topic 2:  How to have a killer day - Leveraging ESAC for terrain/descent choices

Taught by ESAC avalanche forecaster Josh Feinberg and Board member Nate Greenberg, this 1½ session will focus on understanding how forecasters develop avalanche advisories, and then how to unpack the information within that advisory and apply it to real world terrain in the Eastern Sierra. If you want to know where to go when the advisory says X vs. Y and how to avoid Z this is the session for you.

This course will be held inside in a classroom environment. No ski pass or outdoor equipment is required.

Topic 3:  Setting yourself up for success - Trip planning, group dynamics, communication, and making the most of the day

Taught by Howie Schwartz, co-owner of Sierra Mountain Guides, this 1½ indoor/outdoor session will be focused on how to prep for your day out after you have decided where to go. Focusing on trip planning, group dynamics/communication, alternatives, and making sure you pack enough food, the goal of this session is to get you out the door with everything you need to be successful. 

This course will be held inside and outside. No ski pass is required, but make sure you have outside clothes.

Topic 4:  Rescue and beyond -  How to react, respond, and recover when sh*t goes down

Taught by Ryan Huetter of Sierra Mountain Center this 1½ indoor/outdoor session will focus on what to do when all the planning goes out the window and the unexpected happens. This course will pick up from the trailhead and look at how to make sure the right gear is in your pack, performing a search and recovery effort, packaging and transporting patients, interacting with local rescuers, and much more.

Topic 5:  Mammut beacon/rescue gear technical workshop

This 1½ session will be offered by Mammut rep Adam Selby and will focus on the features and functions of their line of avalanche transcievers and other avalanche equipment. The session will include best practices on use and provide opportunities to practice and play with Mammut's equipment offerings. 

 

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:

11am - 12pm: Check-In and Late/Stand-by Registration

12pm - 1:30pm: Session 1

- Topic 1: Go/No-Go/Where-Go -  Weather based decision making
- Topic 3: Setting yourself up for success - Trip planning, group dynamics, communication, and making the most of the day
Topic 4:  Rescue and beyond -  How to react, respond, and recover when sh*t goes down
- Topic 5:  Mammut beacon/rescue gear technical workshop

1:30pm - 2pm:  Break / Regroup

2pm - 3:30pm: Session 2

- Topic 2:  How to have a killer day - Leveraging ESAC for terrain/descent choices
- Topic 3: Setting yourself up for success - Trip planning, group dynamics, communication, and making the most of the day
Topic 4:  Rescue and beyond -  How to react, respond, and recover when sh*t goes down

 

Please pre-register for the seminars through the form below.

 

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