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 School for Water Managers, February 10-12, 2016, Silverton, CO
A 2½ Day Professional Development Opportunity for Water Professionals

2015 Snow School participants, from left to right, Nathan Elder (back turned) from Denver Water, Rob Phillips from Rio Grande Water Conservation District, Brenna Mefford from Wyoming State Engineer’s Office, and Marta Nelson, from Radiometrics Corp.

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 Jeff Derry and former director Chris Landry. The classroom sessions will be held at CSAS’s Silverton office. The field sessions will be held at CSAS’s Senator Beck Basin Study Area and nearby Snotel and snow course sites on Red Mountain Pass.  

Fee: $500 (class size will be limited to 10 participants – register early)

Registration, Questions: Contact Jeff Derry, CSAS, PO Box 190, Silverton, CO 81433 (970) 387-5080

Schedule: The workshop will begin at 9 AM, Wednesday, February 10th, at the CSAS office at 1428 Greene Street, Silverton.  The Friday, February 12th 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. Please see below for a list of lodging options in the Silverton area. Several restaurants will be open in Silverton during the workshop.

Silverton Ski Joring: The 7th annual Silverton Ski Joring event will be held on “Notorious Blair Street” February 13th and 14th and will draw riders, skiers and spectators from all over Colorado.

Questions? Contact Jeff Derry at the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies at

Silverton Lodging Links:

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: