CAC warning about smartphone Apps

The Canadian Avalanche Center warns backcountry users about new smartphone Apps.

Oct 24 , 2013, Revelstoke, BC:

Smartphone avalanche search applications that are marketed as avalanche rescue systems are not recommended , says the Canadian Avalanche Centre ( CAC ) . Three European – made apps are presenting themselves as economical alternatives to avalanche transceivers, the electronic device used by backcountry users to find buried companions in case of an avalanche.

NWAC Job Announcement – Professional Observer wanted

Job Description:

The Friends of the Northwest Avalanche Center (FOAC) is looking to hire four Professional Observers to provide backcountry observations throughout the NWAC service area to the NWAC forecast team. The Professional Observer’s Network will provide timely and relevant professional-level observations to the NWAC team, thus reducing the data gaps in NWAC forecast areas. All observations will be focused outside of ski area boundaries in unmitigated terrain.

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COAA Avalanche Scholarship

Central Oregon Avalanche Association has teamed up with Oregon Ski Guides and Three Sisters Backcountry to offer four (4) AIARE 1 avalanche scholarships.

The idea behind the scholarship fund is to increase avalanche awareness and safety in the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on the Oregon Cascades. The scholarship recipients will be given an AIARE 1 avalanche course for free from either Oregon Ski Guides or Three Sisters Backcountry. In return, recipients will “pay forward” what they learn by creating and implementing a program or tool designed to target a community chosen by them, or by supporting/bolstering ongoing avalanche awareness initiatives.  A “community” might be a group of snowmobile users, a girl or boy scout troop, an outdoor program at a school, or any other group of individuals the applicant wishes to address.

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Central Oregon Avalanche Association

Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop 2013 (ESAW)

ESAW 2013 on Saturday November 9th in North Conway, NH.

The Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop in North Conway, NH is a place to bring together avalanche-minded individuals to share their enthusiasm for snow and discuss topics related to the winter in cold steep climates. It continues to be an annual gathering of avalanche professionals, educators, guides and backcountry skiing and climbing enthusiasts in the Northeast.

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Craftsmanship and Relevancy in Snowpack Observations. By Colin Zacharias

The Weight of Evidence:
The important job of gathering and interpreting snowpack information includes evaluating the weight of each bit of information (type, craftsmanship, accuracy, timing, relevancy, and verification) as it is applied to snowpack instability and avalanche hazard. Experienced practitioners are aware of the variability of the terrain and snowpack and the challenges extrapolating and interpolating snowpack observations. The following checklist helps to ensure quality and relevancy of information:
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