California Avalanche Workshop


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. The workshop will feature diverse speakers from different sectors of the winter sports industry.     

Questions: [email protected]

$25 day of registration





Guest Speakers for CAW


Steve Reynaud / Sierra 2016-2017 Season Review

Steve Reynaud is an Avalanche Forecaster for the Tahoe National Forest-Sierra Avalanche Center. He is a certified ski guide through the American Mountain Guides Association and an avalanche educator with AIARE.


Jordy Hendrikx / The White Heat Project

Jordy Hendrikx, PhD, is the Director of the Snow and Avalanche Lab at Montana State University. White Heat isresearch collaboration between researchers at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Montana State University,and Umeå University. The aim of the White Heat project is to generate new knowledge on mechanisms behindrisk-taking behavior in avalanche terrain.


Zach Tolby / Winter Outlooks and "The Year of the Atmospheric River"

Zach Tolby is a Forecaster with the National Weather Service in Reno specializing in mountain weather andlong-term forecasting. He is a recovering ski patroller and serves on the Board of the Sierra Avalanche Center.


Richard Bothwell / AIARE Update & Thoughts on Social Media

Richard Bothwell is the Executive Director of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. He is a longtime splitboard guide, avalanche educator, and Truckee resident.


Josh Feinberg / Eastern Sierra 2016-2017 Historic Snowfall Season 

Josh Feinberg is an Avalanche Forecaster with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center and also works as a professional Ski Patroller for Mammoth Mountain. He will give a brief history of last season's historic snowfall, its impacts, avalanche cycles, incidents, and an update on the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center.


Duncan Lee / Motorized Avalanche Education

Duncan Lee is a professional backcountry snowmobiler and AIARE avalanche educator. He serves as an advisor to the Sierra Avalanche Center, and sits on the board of directors for AIARE.


Andrew Kiefer - Mt. Shasta 2016-2017 Season Review

Andrew Kiefer is Forecaster for Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center and a certified ski guide through the American Mountain Guide Association.


Andrew McLean / Mountain Mishaps

Andrew McLean is a professional Ski Mountaineer who also worked for the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center in 2004 as an Avalanche Forecaster. He lives in Park City, Utah and has carved turns in places such as Baffin Island, Antarctica, Iran and Morocco. Mountain Mishaps is a compilation of his personal experiences with accidents and
close calls over the last 27 years in the backcountry.


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