Do You Go Outside in Winter? Are You a Member of the American Avalanche Association? You Should Be!

March 2015
The American Avalanche Association promotes and supports professionalism and excellence in avalanche safety, education, and research in the United States.
Hello AAA Members & Friends,
Well, spring seems to have sprung here in the Tetons… or maybe winter never fully came? While I am hoping for a little more powder this season, I’ll be honest and say I’m not holding my breath. We shall see what the next month or two bring.
In part, we hope this e-newsletter provides you with some useful information and reminds you about all that the AAA does for YOU as we pursue our mission! This is certainly a two-way street; we highly value active engagement and demonstrated commitment to our organization and the industry from our members. We also recognize that it’s easy to forget or overlook all the ways that you benefit from being a member of the AAA.
So, here are some reminders… The Avalanche Review, support of regional professional development events, leadership in revising avalanche education in the U.S. to benefit professionals and recreationists, work to expand special deals and offers for members from our industry supporters, the annual AAA AVPRO course, research grant opportunities for academics and practitioners, access to a valuable online resource for avalanche info across the country (, and occasional chances to win cool stuff as you help support the AAA in various ways. Please remember these things when we next request your engagement with the AAA and the avalanche industry as a whole… and be willing to step up to help us.
Read on for more details on some of the latest happenings at the AAA, and of course, be in touch if you have thoughts, feedback, questions, or ideas to share. Happy Spring!Jaime Musnicki, AAA Executive Director
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On safari w/ Mom in South Africa, March 2015. Didn’t miss much in terms of winter!
Education Committee News
And The Winners Are…
AVPRO 2015 – Breckenridge, CO.
IMG_2966.JPGAVPRO Coordinator Dallas Glass once again organized a high caliber AVPRO training this winter, which he instructed along with Patty Morrison (Northwest) and Andy Lapkass (Rockies) during the final days of February and start of March down in Breckenridge, CO. The course was full with 18 students – heavy CO representation, as well as AK and the Northwest! Student outcomes were high, and the feedback passed along by students, instructors, and guests has been overwhelmingly positive. Dallas is already working on plans for next season’s AVPRO, so stay tuned for info on location and dates.
A huge thank you to Dallas, Patty, Andy, the CAIC, Tom Murphy, Dale Atkins, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge Resort, and all the students who contributed to an excellent AVPRO course this season!Pro/Rec Education Proposal Feedback
Don’t forget – March 31st is the deadline for submitting your thoughts and input on the current iteration of the AAA Pro/Rec Education Proposal. a3educationcommittee.
In addition to collating and integrating your feedback on the proposal in the coming months, the next big step in the project will be an inaugural AvTech Trainers’ Workshop. This three-day event will be hosted by the AAA and facilitated by Colin Zacharias at Snowbird, UT during the final weekend of April. The workshop roster of participants for this first go-around consists of key professionals from across the industry – educators, forecasters, highway folks, guides, and patrollers. This group will work together striving for consistency in the proposed AvTech course and refining the details of the core curriculum.AAA Begins Work w/ The Outlaw Partners of Big Sky, MT

The AAA recently selected The Outlaw Partners, a branding and marketing firm located in Big Sky, MT, to help us in honing our message as we look to expand our ability to positively impact the snow and avalanche industry. Look for some exciting visual changes and increased efforts at building our network of members and industry connections in the coming months. Our ultimate goal in doing all this is to improve our ability to serve our members and to help create and support productive change within the avalanche community in the U.S.

AAA Supports Project Zero

Project%20Zero.jpgThis winter the AAA Governing Board decided to offer support to Project Zero as they work to reduce avalanche fatalities and promote a responsible backcountry experience. Here’s an update on recent Project Zero accomplishments from Project Zero Project Manager Rachel Reich:
“After a successful launch of Backcountry Starts Here at SIA in January, I’m excited to say we’ve seen great buy-in over the past few months and have had good exposure with the IFSA Jr Freeskiing tour – educating up and coming riders on backcountry safety in partnership with BCA and SASS Global Travel. Look for us at Silverton Splitfest this spring as well, which takes place in Silverton, CO April 9th – 12th. As we move into next year – we’re working on the best events to be involved with and how to be creative with activation to reach out to riders and local communities. We’re bringing on Dakine as a partner and it looks like the AAI will be joining us as well. It’s pretty neat in my mind to see all these organizations working together. We’re also working with Dynafit to create a summer Symposium over summer OR to keep the conversation going. Lots of exciting things on the horizon, so stay tuned and keep in touch at”


Remember those raffles the AAA was running this fall and early winter?? Donate to the AAA or apply for membership and be entered to win one of a number of AAA Patagonia puffy jackets? Well, real people actually won these things and were psyched. Check out their photos in their new jackets and little bit about why they support the AAA…Screen%20shot%202015-03-18%20at%202.11.47%20PM.pngKeith Rousch, Durango, CO – Lifetime Member & 2014 Donor.
Keith writes: “I donate to the AAA because it is the only resource in the country that provides information on research, education, professional development and industry news within the avalanche community.”Larson%20AAA%20jacket.JPGEric Larson, Hydrologist, Bozeman, MT – Member Affiliate applicant.
Eric writes: “I am applying for membership with AAA for a couple reasons. My passion for skiing is an easy excuse. I want to know what’s happening with avalanche research so I can make better decisions in the field. Also, working as a Hydrologist for the USDA-NRCS Snow Survey Program I look at Montana and Wyoming snowpack data daily, and I would like to become more connected with the snow science community so I can provide better support to users of SNOTEL data.”

Liz%20Meder%20AAA%20Jacket.jpgLiz Riggs-Meder, Mom & AIARE Online Programs Project Manager, Seattle, WA – Member Affiliate applicant.
Liz writes: “I’m applying for membership with the AAA because The Avalanche Review is a rich resource on avalanche research and programs across the country. Reading incident reviews and articles on risk management behavior helps inform what I do as an avalanche educator and curriculum designer.”

Van%20AAA%20jacket.JPGVan Roberts, Grand Targhee Ski Patrol & Mt Rainier Climbing Ranger, Ashford, WA – Professional applicant.
Van writes: “As snow safety industry workers and avid backcountry users, we need an organization dedicated to pursuing knowledge in the avalanche field and advocating for us on important issues. The AAA is that organization. I applied for a professional membership to gain access to the knowledge and community provided by this organization.”

Rob%20AAA%20jacket.jpgRob Faisant, Portola Valley, CA – Pro Member & 2014 Donor.
Rob writes: “I enjoy donating when able because I see the AAA as extremely well-managed and as making very wise use of funds to encourage strategic research for avalanche science and safety.”

The Avalanche Review Update
Upcoming TAR Submission Deadlines.
As we wrap up winter 2014/15, the final issue of TAR this season is about to head to the press. Start checking your mailbox that first week of April for TAR 33.4.
Submission deadlines for the next volume of TAR are as follows:
TAR 34.1 – August 1st
TAR 34.2 – October 15th
TAR 34.3 – December 15th
TAR 34.4 – February 15thNew Benefit for Pro Members: Promotive Account Access!Professional Members, look for an email coming soon with more details on how to create your NEW Promotive account to start saving on gear and equipment.
NOT a Pro member yet?? Check out whether you qualify for Pro status with the AAA, then consider applying to start receiving these and other benefits!
TAR to Receive Facelift This Summer.
After many decades of newsprint, The Avalanche Review will be undergoing a bit of a facelift this summer. Lynne Wolfe, TAR Editor, McKenzie Long, Graphic Designer for TAR, and the entire AAA are excited to work on these changes over the summer. We plan to unveil a newly re-designed version of our beloved trade journal for the Autumn 2015 issue. If the anticipation of a re-designed TAR doesn’t help you make it through those long, sunny, dog-days of summer, I don’t know what will!

Reminder: AAA Professional Development Workshop Grants

Grant applications for events during the 2015/16 season are due March 31st. For more information on this opportunity and how to apply, visit the AAA website.

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