ESAC Observer Network

Mon, Jan 06 2020 AM -08:00

Welcome back to winter!  It's been a great start to the season so far, and we're crossing our fingers for more snow soon.  

 

First off, a big thank you to all of you who have submitted observations this year and in past seasons to ESAC, we can't do what we do without you!   

 

We are continuing our observation program similar to years past, with a few changes and added incentives. If you are interested in being involved more formally in this great network, Please respond by clicking this link.

 

-Key Observer:  A more formal group of selected individuals with a higher level of expertise and experience who can commit to submitting 1-2 observations on average per week throughout the winter season. These individuals range from paid guides to enthusiastic backcountry users. There will be a 1 day field refresher offered to these individuas on observation techniques led by professional AIARE instructor Howie Schwartz.  This will be held on January 8th from 12 - 4pm (Space is limited!)

 

-Public Observer:  Anyone else who ventures in the backcountry, regardless of frequency, with a willingness to take note and share what they are seeing. This can range from simple comments on recent evidence of avalanches, current wind and weather, and more detailed information about the snowpack.

 

Key Observer

  • Qualifications

    • Minimum avalanche level 2  certification or similar experience and expertise.

  • Expectations

    • Will use good judgement and follow safe travel protocols.

    • Commit to submitting 1-2 observations on average per week throughout the season to the ESAC website.

    • Will follow current observational guidelines outlined in the SWAG (Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States).  Will use layman’s terms when appropriate to better communicate to general public.

    • Observations will be quality and pertinent to current conditions.

  • Incentives

    • 1 day field refresher on observation techniques led by professional AIARE instructor Howie Schwartz.  This will be held on January 8th from 12 - 4pm.   

    • $5 MMS gift card per observation

    • At the end of February, those that meet expectations will receive:

      • An ESAC mid-layer or more from supporters such as Patagonia or Ridge Merino (Details to be determined)

      • Bi-weekly raffle / award of various nice products 

      • Access to pro-forms

    • End-of-Season BBQ - with recognition of their contributions.

    • The distinction of “Key Observer” on the ESAC site. 

  • Weekly emails to direct focus of observations (problem type, location, etc…).  Feedback to particular observations.

Public Observer 

  • Qualifications

    • Any responsible backcountry user with willingness to participate

  • Incentives

    • $5 MMS gift card per observation

    • Bi-weekly random selection of one observation to receive a prize.

    • At the end of February, those that submit >5 observations will be recognized with an ESAC hat or T-shirt.

    • Invite to End-Of-Season BBQ for active contributors. 

  • Regular emails, if desired, to help you focus your observations.

Please remember, we aren’t asking you to go anywhere you wouldn’t normally go.  Don’t put yourself at risk for an observation! Be safe, make good decisions, and share your findings. 

 

Please respond by clicking this link to show your level of interest of involvement.

 

Thanks, and be safe out there!

 

Sincerely,  The ESAC Forecasters

(Josh Feinberg, Chris Engelhardt, and Steve Mace)

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