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Bend Snow & Avalanche Workshop 2019

Central Oregon Avalanche Center
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Nov 09 8:00AM - 7:00PM

The Bend Snow & Avalanche Workshop presented by Mt. Bachelor is the second annual gathering of snow and avalanche experts in Central Oregon. Join the Central Oregon Avalanche Center on the Central Oregon Community College campus for a full day of speakers from around the country touching on topics from risk and decision making to traveling safely through the backcountry to snow science and human factors.Presentations will benefit all experience levels and attendees will gain new tools and knowledge beneficial to traveling safely and having fun in the backcountry!

Mt. Bachelor, Black Diamond,Oregon Ski Guides, Mountain Supply andOrtovoxwill have booths displaying their wares and information.

The Crows Feet Commons Cafe and Picky Bars will provide coffee and bar samples to fuel the stoke!

8.00-5pm Speaker Series at Wille Hall on Central Oregon Community College Campus, lunch included, doors open at 8:00, event starts at 8:45.

5.30-7pm Happy Hour at the Deschutes Tap Room at the Downtown Pub, free event, first drink on Deschutes!

Speakers Schedule:

  • 8:45-9:00 Kevin Grove: Opening Remarks
  • 9:00-9:25 John Scurlock: Heart of the Distant Mountain: Photographic Flights Across Western North America
  • 9:25-9:50Aaron Hartz: Reviewing and Recapping Last Season
  • 9:55-10:20 Anne St. Clair: How do Recreationists Understand Avalanche Bulletin Informtion?
  • 10:20-10:40 Break
  • 10:40-11:10 Drew Hardesty: On the Nature Of Forecasting - What Happens When the Forecast is Wrong?
  • 11:10-12:00 Laura Maguire Keynote: Cultivating Mountain Craft: Developing Your Backcountry Expertise
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-1:25 Jon Erickson: A look at Mt. Bachelor's Snow Safety Program, Avalanche Reduction and Risk Exposure/Management Plan
  • 1:25-1:55 Chris Borstad: Slab Avalanche Triggering Mechanics and the Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility
  • 1:55-2:20Graham Zimmerman: Alpine Principles Perfect Preparation
  • 2:20-2:50Katherine Hilst: Risk Management and Human Factors
  • 2:50-3:10 Break
  • 3:10-3:35Bjarne Salen: Mitigating Risk and the Fifties Project
  • 3:35-4:00Lynne Wolfe: Debriefing: A Look at What/So What/and Now What?
  • 4:00-4:30Panel Discussion Led by Drew Hardesty: TBD
  • 4:30 Closing
  • 5:30-7:00 After party at Deschutes Brewery


Willie Hall at COCC: Upper floor of the Coats Campus Center on NW College Way. Refer to this interactive mapand look for the building labeled 'CCC'.

Deschutes Brewery:1044 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97703


BendSAW is partnering with Bend Marriott to provide accomodations at a reduced rate for out of town workshop attendees. Book discounted roomshereor call 541.318.1747 and mention BendSAW. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is centrally located in downtown Bend, 2.5 miles from the workshop on the COCC campus and .5 miles from happy hour at Deschutes Brewery. Find a maphere.


**In advance of College events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola at 541.383.7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact Disability Services at 541.383.7583.

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