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Teton Valley’s Tin Cup Challenge and support the American Avalanche

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Summer is here in the Tetons! While there is still some snow to be enjoyed up in the mountains, the valleys are green and lush with runoff from prolific snowfall during the 2016/17 winter. I hope you’re enjoying some summery weather wherever you are as well.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF TETON VALLEY’S TIN CUP CHALLENGE

TinCupChallenge_Color-10.pngThis summer the AAA is participating in Teton Valley’s Tin Cup Challenge. This innovative philanthropic program hosted by the Community Foundation of Teton Valley (CFTV) supports nonprofit organizations in Teton Valley, Idaho. As a nonprofit organization based in Victor, Idaho, we are excited to join our local community in participating for the first time ever this summer!

During a 9-week charitable giving period, donors can give to the AAA through the Tin Cup Challenge (www.tincupchallenge.org). At the end of the giving period CFTV will pass along all funds raised for the AAA, plus a matching grant based upon how much has been donated to the AAA through Tin Cup (typically about another 50% of total funds raised for the AAA, i.e. if the AAA raises $1,000 through Tin Cup, we receive ~$1,500!).

In addition to the charitable giving period, the Community Foundation hosts a Tin Cup Challenge Event Day with a variety of fun and competitive runs and walks to celebrate engagement with and support of Teton Valley nonprofit organizations. Yes, I will be running this summer… and if you’re around Teton Valley on Saturday, July 15th you should come join the festivities too.

MAGNIFY YOUR AAA SUPPORT – GIVE THROUGH TIN CUP BY JULY 21!

James, we are asking you to support the AAA through the Tin Cup Challenge this summer. Why, you ask?? This is an opportunity to support an organization you believe in and make your donation go ~50% further. The AAA has accomplished some great things in recent years:

· Developing and launching the new AAA Pro Training Program in the US for greater consistency in professional level avalanche training.

· Publishing a new volume of The Snowy Torrents – the first new volume of this valuable series in twenty years!

· Completing a new revision to Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG).

· Supporting regional snow and avalanche workshops through the AAA Pro Development Workshop Grant program – thirteen events with attendees from at least fifteen states and Canada during the 2016/17 season.

· Funding snow and avalanche research by graduate students and practitioners.

· Refreshing the look and feel of The Avalanche Review so that its exterior mirrors the professional, high quality content you find in each and every issue four times per winter.

· Maintaining and continuing to evolve www.avalanche.org to connect the public to avalanche forecasts, education, and resources in the United States.

And we want to keep doing more for avalanche professionals and the entire avalanche industry! All donations to the AAA through the Tin Cup Challenge will go directly to supporting AAA operations that have made the above accomplishments happen. To be a part of the Tin Cup Challenge, you must contribute by 5pm (MDT) on July 21st.

DONATE ONLINE by clicking on the “Give Online” link at www.tincupchallenge.org and selecting American Avalanche Association as the recipient of your donation (you can support countless other Teton Valley nonprofits through one convenient checkout here too). Your donation will only count towards the AAA’s Tin Cup matching grant if it is made directly through the Community Foundation of Teton Valley.

We need and value your support. Please help us continue to provide programs and services that benefit avalanche professionals and the avalanche industry in the United States.

Sincerely,

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Jaime Musnicki, Executive Director

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P.O. Box 248 * Victor, Idaho 83455 * Phone: (307) 699- 2049

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Avalanche Hazard Management Consultant – Hiring ASAP

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If you and anyone you know is qualified and interested in being an Avalanche Hazard Management Consultant for a construction project in the North Cascades this winter, check out the job opportunity below. The company is looking to hire and have someone(s) on site by next week. Feel free to pass this along as you see fit… and please contact Brad Gibson (Bradley.Gibson, phone number below) for more details.

Avalanche Hazard Management Consultant (Experienced – Certified Technicians) (Required start: 12/29/15)

• Heavy Industrial Construction Project seeks the services of the above subject matter expert(s) to provide full-time, on-site services in the US Pacific NW. The site is located in a remote area of the Cascade Mountains and will require 2-3 personnel working on a rotational basis. Direct-hire and contract employees are welcome. All transportation, accommodations and meals provided.

Roles/Responsibilities including:

• Monitor snowpack and weather conditions in areas that avalanche risk affects the assets on site.

• Monitor avalanche hazard in identified avalanche paths of concern and predict hazard level with daily avalanche forecasts and advisories.

• Coordinate and advise the Avalanche Management team’s activities, implement the existing Avalanche Management Program through daily meetings, engaging the various site stakeholders.

• Advise on continuous improvement of existing Avalanche Management Program, specific avalanche risk reduction procedures.

• Provide Avalanche Rescue Response protocol; advise Incident Commander on specific activities required during a response.

• Notify Client when the risk of avalanches to the project have ceased for the winter and said services can be terminated for the season.

Additional Services (to be determined) – Active Avalanche Management:

• Coordinate or obtain the necessary equipment and supplies for an active risk management strategy as is deemed necessary.

Post-Winter Operations:

• Collate snowpack, weather, and terrain data for Client to utilize for next season; process and summarize all data collected. Complete a year-end summary report, including recommendations for further improvement and “lessons learned”.

• Collaborate with key leadership personnel to develop a long-term avalanche risk management strategy that meets Industry best practices.

Schedule:

• Due to existing weather conditions – these positions are available for immediate fulfillment with a target date for mobilization to the site of12/29/15.Estimated duration of assignment is through April 2016.

Please contact:

Brad Gibson, CMSP

Senior HSE Advisor, Rio Tinto Projects

(801) 557-8236

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P.O. Box 248 * Victor, Idaho 83455 * Phone: (307) 699- 2049

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American Avalanche Association AVPRO course February 25 – March 4 Summit County Colorado

The American Avalanche Association is pleased to announce this year’s AVPRO course location and dates. This season AVPRO will be returning to Summit County, Colorado, February 25 – March 4, 2015. Summit County holds a rich history within the avalanche industry. Students will learn from several of the top avalanche professionals in the region in one of the most interesting snow climates in the nation. Details can be found at www.americanavalancheassociation.org/edu_courses.php.

Who should attend AVPRO? AVPRO is intended for all disciplines of avalanche professionals with a solid background in avalanche fundamentals, companion rescue, and basic snow assessment. The course will continue to build on this foundation of snow science with an emphasis on high level of companion and organized avalanche rescue, accurate and advanced snow stability assessment, and avalanche control programs and procedures. Other common questions and answers can be found at http://americanavalancheassociation.org/pdf/AVPro_FAQs.pdf or by contacting the AVPRO coordinator, Dallas Glass.

Join us this season for what will be an exciting time of learning and networking as avalanche professionals.

Dallas Glass

AVPRO Coordinator – Education Committee

American Avalanche Association

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American Avalanche Association: AVPRO course location and dates

The American Avalanche Association is pleased to announce this year’s AVPRO course location and dates.

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Greetings A3 Members,The American Avalanche Association is pleased to announce this year’s AVPRO course location and dates. For the first time AVPRO is coming to Lake Tahoe, CA/NV February 25-March 4, 2014. Drawing on Lake Tahoe’s deep ski industry history, abundant yearly snowfall, and steep rugged terrain, students will spend time learning from some of the industry’s most experienced avalanche professionals. Details can be found at www.americanavalancheassociation.org/edu_courses.php.Who should attend AVPRO? AVPRO is intended for all disciplines of avalanche professionals with a solid background in avalanche fundamentals, companion rescue, and basic snow assessment. The course will continue to build on this foundation of snow science with an emphasis on high level of companion and organized avalanche rescue, accurate and advanced snow stability assessment, and avalanche control programs and procedures. Other common questions and answers can be found at http://americanavalancheassociation.org/pdf/AVPro_FAQs.pdf or by contacting our new AVPRO coordinator, Dallas Glass.Join us this season for what will be an exciting time of learning and networking as avalanche professionals.

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Dallas Glass
AVPRO Coordinator- Education Committee
American Avalanche Association
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American Avalanche Association Job Openings

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The American Avalanche Association is currently seeking persons to fill two vacancies on AAA’s Management Team: Executive Director and AVPRO Course Coordinator. AVPRO is the AAA’s Professional Avalanche Worker School. Both positions are part-time paid positions.

The Executive Director runs the daily operations of the AAA and provides support to all AAA committees and The Avalanche Review. Additionally, the Director represents the AAA at avalanche industry events such as the ISSW, NAS, and regional meetings and seminars. This is a part-time year round position. Qualified individuals need not be AAA Members.

The AVPRO Course Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of scheduling and planning one to two AVPRO course per winter. Candidates must be AAA Professional Members and AAA Certified Instructors or have the required experience to become a Certified Instructor.

Complete position descriptions can be found on the AAA Employment Page at this link; http://www.avalanche.org/employment.php

Thank you, the AAA Governing Board


2012 International Snow Science Workshop

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ISSW 2012 UPDATE

Summer Solstice was a couple of weeks ago, so the days are getting shorter and winter getting closer in the Northern Hemisphere. Here is the update on the International Snow Science Workshop scheduled for Anchorage, Alaska, September 16-21, 2012. If you haven’t signed up yet, we’re hoping that you make your travel plans to come for this year’s conference. It will be worth your time.

Full schedule online

The Papers Committee has finalized the schedule. There were 218 abstracts submitted with 140 requests for oral presentations. To accommodate the demand, we will run two 1 ½ hour workshop sessions with four separate tracks on Friday morning. During each session, five to six panelists will give a 10 minute review of their papers followed by a moderated 30 to 40 minute discussion. We hope this format stimulates lively discussion on few of the hot topics. The full schedule of presentations is available on the web site at www.issw2012.com

Important note: If you are a presenter, you need to sign up for the conference by July 15 to keep your presentation slot.

Fredston, Sturm, Movies & Divas

We have an exciting line up of speakers for the conference. Jill Fredston will give a welcome address and Introduction to the Alaska Avalanche Scene at the beginning of the conference. Matthew Sturm will be Thursday’s banquet speaker with a talk “Whalebacks, Barchans and Natigvik: A Scientist’s Stumblings through Yup’ik and Iñupiat Traditional Knowledge of Snow”. Since everybody has heard that there are umpteen native language words for snow, we figured it only fitting that an Alaska conference would delve into an ancient culture’s intimate relationship with snow.

On Tuesday, ISSW Movie Night will offer full night of entertainment at Beartooth Theatrepub. Who can resist avalanche and mountain adventure footage while enjoying handcrafted beer and tasty dinner? And of course, Monday evening’s Diva Night is the gathering for the women of ISSW to celebrate the outstanding females in this field.

American Avalanche Association Annual Membership Meeting

The AAA Annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for the week of ISSW. Exact date, time, and location to be announced.

Whiteout Gallery

New for ISSW 2012 is the Whiteout Gallery, which will feature photographs and other fine art by Alaskan artists that showcase “Our World of Snow and Ice”. All items will be sold by silent auction and proceeds from the art that you purchase will directly support ISSW.

Accommodations filling up

About 60 of 100 rooms at the host hotel, the Captain Cook, have already been spoken for so if you haven’t made a reservation we suggest you do that soon. Other accommodations are available in Anchorage during this time period.

Your AK Adventures

Many of those coming to this year’s conference will use the opportunity to extend their stay to see a bit of Alaska. One of our favorite locations is the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge operated by Alaska Wildland Adventures. This outstanding facility is located approximately 35 miles from Seward by boat. They have offered a discounted rate for ISSW participants. Several participants are already booked to stay there. What an opportunity to see the renowned Outer Coast of Alaska with its incredible wildlife, and mingle with other avalanche folks in a relaxed setting. You can check it out at http://www.issw2012.com/travelresources/activities/ . Be sure to mention the ISSW rate when booking. Some of us locals may even show up with a few boats to do a little fishing if we can pull it off.

Come up north!

We encourage you to make your travel plans and come up north for this unique ISSW. The setting will be spectacular, the presentations robust, the camaraderie unsurpassed, and we even have some great beer sponsors.

See you in three months,

ISSW 2012 Organizing Committee

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