Field Education & Workshops
Snow School for Water Managers, February 11-13, 2015, Silverton, CO
A 2½ Day Professional Development Opportunity for Water Professionals
2014 Snow School participants, from left, Matt Hoobler (State of Wyoming), Fiona Smith (Colorado Water Congress), and Dave Kanzer (Colorado River Water Conservation District). Not shown are Slade Connell and Mark Ritterbush from the City of Grand Junction and Jim Pokrandt, also from the Colorado River Water Conservation District.
Using a mixture of classroom discussion and hands-on field sessions, this workshop will enhance participant understanding of snowpack processes, snowpack monitoring, and snowpack data, by:
- Reviewing Colorado’s snow climatology, snowpack formation, and snowmelt processes
- Discussing recent snow and climate literature
- Visiting snow and weather monitoring systems, discussing site biases
- Discussing snowpack, weather, and climate data sources, and their application
The workshop will be conducted by Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies director Chris Landry at CSAS’s Silverton office, for classroom sessions, and at CSAS’s Senator Beck Basin Study Area and nearby Snotel and snow course sites on Red Mountain Pass for field sessions.
Fee: $500 (class size will be limited to 10 participants – register early)
Registration, Questions: Chris Landry, CSAS, PO Box 190, Silverton, CO 81433 (970) 387-5080
Schedule: workshop will begin at 9 AM, Wednesday, February 11th, at the CSAS office at 1428 Greene Street, Silverton. The Friday, February 13th session will be ½ day, ending at noon.
Gear: field sessions will entail over-snow travel at 11,000’ on snowshoes or skis (must have climbing skins) over short distances (up to 20 minutes) and some small hills. CSAS will provide the technical snow science equipment but participants should bring suitable over-snow equipment and a selection of warm clothing, especially footwear. No avalanche safety equipment required.
Lodging & Meals: participants are encouraged to secure lodging in Silverton well in advance of the class. Several restaurants will be open in Silverton during the workshop.
Silverton Ski Joring: the 6th annual Silverton Ski Joring event will be held on “Notorius Blair Street” on February 14th and 15th and will draw teams from all over Colorado and the mountain states.
Questions? Contact Chris Landry at the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org
CSAS is committed to continuing our tradition of hosting and instructing college and university field camps, technical workshops, and providing K-12 snow science resources. A few of our recent field education & workshops are listed below:
- CSAS Hosts University of Colorado Field Camp
Dr. Brandon Vogt and Dr. Emily Skop, from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, returned to Silverton with twelve students in January 2010 for a week-long field class in physical and cultural geography. Read More
- CSAS Hosts AIARE Level III Avalanche Professionals Course in March 2009
- CSAS Hosts Minnesota State University - Mankato Field Camp
- K-12 Kids Study Mountain Weather at Swamp Angel Study Plot
- CSAS Hosts Snow Characterization Workshop in Silverton. March 2008
Thanks to the initiative of Dr. Hans-Peter Marshall and Dr. Martin Schneebeli of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, the CSAS was able to host their fantastically successful, hands-on workshop in high-tech snow characterization methods and theory here in Silverton on March 18-20, 2008. Marshall and Schneebeli discussed and demonstrated methods for snow casting and X-ray tomography, snow micro-penetrometer measurement and signal analysis, near-infra-red photography and specific surface area characterization methods, and FMCW radar snowcover measurements and signal interpretation; Dr. Chris Hiemstra of Colorado State University also demonsrated the use of the MagnaProbe tool, another snow penetrometer tool used in extensive snowcover surveys throughout the Arctic and other shallow snowpacks. Photos of the Workshop can be seen on our 2007/2008 Diary page. All workshop participants agreed that this was a superlative experience and, for our part, we were honored to facilitate and participate.
- CSAS Hosts University of Portsmouth Field Camp at Swamp Angel Study Plot in late May 2008
- CSAS co-hosts, with the University of Colorado 's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a Snow System Science Workshop
- Hosted Snow Science Field Camps from Northern Arizona University, Minnesota State University, Southern Illinois University, Colorado State University, and the Colorado Rocky Mountain School
- Hosted NAU, MN State and CU-Boulder Field Camps
- Hosted SIU and AZ State Field Camps