Elk Valley Snow Avalanche Workshop

Announcing the 2023 Teck Elk Valley Snow Avalanche Workshop

October 28, 2023
Fernie Community Center

2023 Guest Speakers

Sara Boilen – Being Human In Avalanche Terrain

Shifting the ‘human factors’ conversation away from decision making and into the realm of perception, sense-making, and communication.

Zachary Miller – Snow Depth Distribution in Complex Mountain Terrain

This talk will discuss key findings from recent spatial variability snow science research and how to incorporate those findings into daily routines while out in the mountains.

Terry Palechuk – Using GPS Tracking to Illustrate the Effects of Electromagnetic Interference on Avalanche Transceivers

Exploring the effect of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) on signal detection, and utilizing GPS tracking to visually describe the real-world impact of range loss caused by EMI.

Duncan Maisels – History Repeating

Drawing valuable lessons from two recent, tragic fatal incidents that occurred during the winter of 2023, focusing on two distinct types of avalanche incidents: “out of bounds” occurrences and incidents within the ski area boundary closures.

Justin Boehm – Canadian Mechanized Backcountry Guides Association

Exploring new territory with the development of the CMBGA in Canada.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the sold out 2019 Elk Valley Snow Avalanche Workshop!

This one-day seminar welcomed avalanche professionals and recreationalists alike to engage in vibrant discussions and learn from fellow avalanche practitioners. A variety of topics included case studies of past events and information on the latest snow safety gear.