Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies

Swamp Angel Study Site
Swamp Angel Study Plot (subalpine)

Senator Beck Study Site
Senator Beck Study Plot (alpine)

Putney Study Site
Putney Study Plot (summit)

Senator Beck Basin Stream Gauge
Basin Stream Gauge

St Paul Basestation
St. Paul RF Base Station

The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies serves the mountain science community and regional resource managers by hosting & conducting interdisciplinary research and conducting integrative 24/7/365 monitoring that captures weather, snowpack, radiation, soils, plant community and hydrologic signals of regional climate trends.

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Field Education & Workshops

Snow Field School for Water Professionals
February 12-14, 2014

A 2 ½ Day Professional Development Opportunity for Colorado Water Managers

This workshop will highlight, in a mixture of classroom discussion and hands-on field sessions:

  • Review of Colorado’s snow climatology, snowpack formation, and snowmelt processes
  • Discussion of recent snow and climate literature including dust-on-snow
  • Site visits to and discussions about snow and weather monitoring systems, issues
  • Snowpack, weather, and climate data sources, interpretation and application issues

The workshop will be conducted by Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies staff at its Silverton office and at the Senator Beck Basin Study Area and nearby Snotel and snow course sites.  The workshop 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.

Fee:  $500 (not including meals or lodging). Lodging is available for $65/night (below Federal per diem rate). 
We expect to have a limited number of $250 scholarships available.

Schedule: 9am, Wednesday Feb 12 through noon, Friday, Feb 14, 2014

Class size: this workshop is limited to ten participants. We recommend registering as early as possible to secure a place in the class.  

Questions? Contact Chris Landry at the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies at

Online Registration is now open

MSU Field CampCSAS 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: