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If the dropping temps were not enough, I’m sure Utah’s first snowfall has everyone dreaming of bottomless pow turns. Before the season kicks into high gear its time to dust off the cobwebs, and start thinking about snow safety. For those of you in the Utah area be sure to clear your schedule because you’re going to want to attend the 2014 Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop. The itinerary is stacked with great material and speakers, including’s very own Alex Do AKA Shralpmacchio.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Southtowne Expo Center 9575 S State St Sandy, UT 84070. Tickets purchased before October 31,2014, will be $27 or $31 at the door. Register Here


Join us for the 7th annual USAW, where Utah’s avalanche community will team up with snow professionals from around the west to share avalanche knowledge and history. This professional development seminar taps into the vast amount of avalanche knowledge in the intermountain avalanche community. You’ll learn from and network with Forest Service forecasters, patrollers, snow scientists, highway avalanche crews, search & rescue personnel, mountain guides, ski industry manufacturers, backcountry skiers & snowboarders, snowmobilers, avalanche scholars, and more.  The format will be much like the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW), with 15 minute presentations followed by Q&A as well as panel discussions.

The morning will be open to snow safety professionals only and will feature an exchange of resort, highway, and backcountry lessons, ideas, and theories led by presentations from local and regional experts. The afternoon will be open to the public and will feature presentations of more general interest to backcountry users.

To sign up for the pro session, go here.  Note that you must be an avalanche professional to attend the morning session.

There will be a gear raffle with gear donated by the sponsors and all proceeds used to pay for avalanche forecasting in Utah this winter.

A happy hour will follow the sessions and provide a great opportunity to network and check out sponsor booths with the latest gear.

*Advanced ticket sales will end at noon, Oct 31.  After that, you can buy tickets at the door for $4 more.

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Colin Balke is a content editor for who lives in Northern California. When not plucking away on a keyboard, he can be found splitboarding, camping, backpacking, or hanging out with family and friends.