Geospatial Tools For Avalanche Professionals
This new course teaches avalanche professionals what GIS (Geographic Information Systems) can do and how they can apply the technology to understanding and monitoring avalanches. Working with various components of ESRI ArcGIS and Google Earth, students will build digital maps, explore and analyze the data behind the maps, and learn easy methods to share maps and analyze the results.
By the end of the course students will have a solid understanding of how GIS maps and ArcGIS tools are used to visualize real-world features, discover patterns, obtain information, and communicate that information to others in the context of avalanches. Historically, avalanche professionals have used a wide range of tools to cobble together systems that don’t always work that well.
This will be a very hands on course. If time allows we will get out in the field for a portion of the course.
Through course work and practical hands on projects, students will explore
Mapping avalanche paths for highway corridors
Mapping avalanche terrain for ski areas
Integrating weather snowpack data and historical patterns into a geographic database
Georeferenced Avalanche Terrain photo atlas
Advanced ski tour planning
Work on team based and individual projects
Run routes, control routes and marking landing zones for helicopters
Integrating GPS data into your project
This course is intended for:
Mountain guides, backcounty ski guides
Land use planners who work with avalanche terrain
Land managers who work with avalanche terrain
What to Bring:
backcountry ski equipment
snow science kit
The Instructor Team
Doug Scott. Doug is the founder of Avalanche Mapping and has conducted projects throughout the Western US on mapping and creating avalanche hazard maps for the ski industry, transportation industry and heli skiing operations. He is a certified ESRI trainer and works as a GIS professional. He has presented his projects at the International Snow Science Workshop and the ESRI User Conference. He has pioneered the use of GIS in the avalanche industry. http://www.avalanchemapping.org/Index.htm
Jim Donovan. Jim is the Director of the Silverton Avalanche School. He is a GIS professional in the non snow months. He has worked as a developer on the ESRI platform for projects ranging from oil and gas exploration, endangered species modeling, geodatabase modeling for the Department of Defense and GIS development for private businesses. He has also developed applications for Google Earth. He has been developling applications for the modeling of avalanche phenomena in the San Juans.
Silverton Avalanche School’s Level I Course continues to be the ideal choice for backcountry travelers, providing the right combination of class time and true backcountry experience. The comprehensive curriculum includes:
Safe Travel Protocols
Avalanche Rescue Equipment
Recognizing Instabilities in the Snowpack
Using Observations and Tests
How to Apply the Current Avalanche Bulletin to Tour Planning
Morning sessions introduce the concepts to students. Afternoon field sessions in backcountry terrain provide hands-on experience and ensure quality field time with our top-notch staff. Day 1 students practice their rescue skills with their instructor. Day 2 and 3, students travel into backcountry ski terrain in small groups with instructors.
These experiential sessions build on topics discussed in the classroom. All students will be able to practice companion rescue, route finding and terrain analysis, dig snowpits, and conduct stability tests. Unlike many avalanche courses, Silverton Avalanche School students gain experience in the wild backcountry rather than a ski area.
The rugged San Juan Mountains surrounding Silverton have provided the ideal avalanche education classroom since 1962. The Silverton area contains a vast amount of high quality backcountry skiing terrain. The Silverton Avalanche School is a member of the American Avalanche Association (AAA). Our instructors are avalanche professionals and are certified with AIARE, AAA and/or the Canadian Avalanche Association. Many instructors also have an advanced degree in snow science.
Students get the Level 1 Manual and a waterproof field notebook. We recommend that students read the material prior to the course. Students receive an AIAIRE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) course certificate at the end of the 3 day class.
Cancellation Policy: A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start. No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes into Silverton are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big).
Sister’s Meeting in the Mountains – April 4 and 5, 2015
Silverton Sister’s Meeting in the Mountains is quickly becoming a must do for women in the outdoor and snow sports industries to rendezvous for phenomenal expert-only skiing, networking, inspiration and education.
This annual meeting in the mountains is a weekend packed with skiing or riding steeps, participating in educational/inspirational presentations from some of the most well respected women in the industry.
All packages include TWO Silverton Mountain Grady’s Bar drink tickets as well as FREE admission to our speakers and Brewski event
Email moc.n1424991142iatnu1424991142omnot1424991142revli1424991142s@ofn1424991142i1424991142 or call (970) 387-5706 to sign up today!
Ride all day and party all night as we celebrate the return of the unguided season at Silverton Mountain with Venture’s Spring Fling Party! We’ll have live music, drink specials and a raffle for some great prizes! The Spring Fling gets going at 7 pm at Silverton’s Grand Imperial Hotel (1219 Greene Street). Cover charge is $5 and this is a 21+ event. Raffle proceeds benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
Silverton Mountain 14th Annual Brewski – April 5, 2015
Join us for a full day of skiing at Silverton Mountain and an afternoon of beer tasting with Colorado’s finest microbreweries. Past breweries have included Wanderlust, Steamworks, Avalanche, Three Rivers, Carvers, Ska, and Durango Brewery