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With winter quickly approaching it’s a good time to start thinking about Avalanche Safety. Whether you’re brand new to the backcountry or a seasoned veteran it’s important to keep your avy skills sharp and learn as much as you can.

For those of you in the Lake Tahoe area, come check out the California Avalanche Workshop organized by our friend David Reichel AKA dishwasher-dave on our forum.

The workshop is scheduled for October 18, 2014 at the Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe from 9am-5pm.

The workshop will feature presentations from all of California’s Avalanche Centers, and include guest speakers Brennan Lagasse, Ned Bair PH.D, and forum member Alex Do AKA Shralpmacchio.

To attend the workshop, register below, admission is only $15.


The California Avalanche Workshop is a pre-season gathering of snow travelers to share knowledge, learn, laugh, and network. This seminar is modeled after the International Snow Science Workshop and other regional one-day snow and avalanche workshops throughout the west. We will feature a variety of speakers in the morning, then break for lunch (on your own) and return for additional speakers in the afternoon.

The Sierra Avalanche Center will be hosting a FUNdraising social at a local watering hole following the workshop. Partial scheduled speaker list (more will be added as they’re confirmed):

  • Brennan Lagasse: Sharing photos, stories and challenges of guiding remote Heli Access Ski Touring in the Alaskan Chugach.
  • Alex Do: Sharing his account and lessons learned from being involved in the December 2013 Pucker Face avalanche accident in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Take a look at the write up Alex did on the incident here in the Avalanche Review. (page 20)
  • Ned Bair Ph.D: Stability tests and their relation to the avalanche failure process.

Representatives from the Shasta Avalanche Center, Sierra Avalanche Center, Bridgeport Avalanche Information Center, and Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ie. all the Avalanche Centers in CA) are scheduled to present and answer questions.

Questions about the workshop: Email Dave at

Register Here

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