Alaska Snow Safety Summit

Advancing avalanche safety in Alaska for the general public

Alaska Snow Safety Conference Agenda

Thursday - November 5, 2015 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

BP Energy Center - Anchorage. Alaska - 900 E. Benson Blvd. (Behind BP Building)

8:00 am – Doors open, registration, coffee, networking

8:30 am - Welcome Address by AAIC Board of Directors

8:45 am - Welcome address from Greg Kaplan, Senator Murkowski's office

9 am – 9:20 am Keynote Address – Mike Hopper, Avalanche survivor

9:20 am - Moderator Address – Mike Walsh, Foraker – Strengthening Avalanche Safety in Alaska

9:30 am – 12 pm - Panel Discussions

9:30 – 10:15 am - 1. Who needs avalanche information & why? 

10:15 - 10:30 am - Break

10:30 - 11:45 am - 2. Who can provide this information and  how?

11:45 am – 12 pm – Recap of panel discussions, Q & A

12 – 1 pm - Lunch - Compliments of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company

Announcement for the CNFAIC Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop 

Announcement for the Community Snowfest

Outline for afternoon focus groups

1 – 2:30 pm Focus Groups – Action Items

Example: Define Who we are - Define What is our objective

Create an Action items list for meeting the objective(s)

2:30 – 2:45 pm Break

2:45 – 3:20 pm Report from focus groups

3:20 – 3:30 pm Closing and Thank you!

 3:30 ­– 4 pm – Clean and clear out room for next group meeting at 4 pm  

 

 

Thursday - November 6, 2014 - 6:00 pm to  8:30pm

BP Energy Center

Anchorage. Alaska

 

AGENDA

·      Welcome from Mike Walsh, Foraker Group VP

·      AAIC Team Building Activity

·       Introduction of Foraker Group -‘Strengthening the sustainability of non-profits’

·       Welcome & address from Jay Pullins, Special Assistant to the Governor for Emergency Management

·       Keynote Address – Dave Hamre, Alaska Railroad, The History of a statewide effort

·       Special Address – Mike Buck, OSHA, Looking toward the future  

·       Moderator Address – Mike Walsh, Foraker – Building a collaborative environment

·       Participant Introductions and discussion – issues, concerns, suggestions – Max. 3 min. per person

·       Action Items

·       Closing and Thank you!

·       Announcement for the CNFAIC Snow Conference

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Friday – November 4, 2011 – 8:30 am - 7:30 pm 

APU GRANT HALL  

Anchorage, Alaska 

Professional Networking and Development 

Saturday – November 5, 2011 – 9am - 12 pm

APU Campus - Anchorage, AK

Professional Continuing Education 

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Saturday - November 5, 2011 - 1 pm - 6:00 pm 

APU Campus - Anchorage, AK

Public Outreach - Community Snow Safety Education

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 The goal of this conference is to bring together those interested in snow and avalanche safety as educators, forecasters, guides and public information providers. We want to ensure that Alaskan residents and visitors have easy access to the best quality and most effective avalanche and snowmobile snow safety training and information possible.

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AGENDA 


Friday, November 4 -8:30am-7:30pm – APU Campus Anchorage

7:30am           Registration open – coffee and refreshment. Set up posters. - Compliments Kaladi Brothers

8:30-8:45       Welcome by APU/AAIC/NAOI

8:45- 9:45      Introduction by key organizations attending (each organization will have 3-5 minutes for an                                      individual from the organization to share their history, experience and goals for the future)       

9:45-10:30     Keynote Address: Forecasting perspectives in Alaska.David Hamre, ARR 

10:30-10:40   Break

10:40-11:10   Snowmachine avalanche education – Dorothy Adler, Jeremy Martin, NAOI  

11:10 -11:30  Forecasting on Snowmachines  –  Graham Predeger and Wendy Wagner, CNFAIC

11:30-12:00   Welcome from NOAA/National Weather Service - Weather and forecasting information and tools,  Sam Albanese, NOAA 

12:00 - 1 p.m. Luncheon and networking   - Compliments of North America Outdoor Institute                     

 Poster session open - Grant Hall 3rd floor: Introduction of organizations and agencies in Alaska.

12:45 -1:00    Welcome back

1:00-1:30 Avalanche SAR response and challenges - Corey Aist, ASARA

1:30 - 1:45     Short history of Avalanche forecasting & Education in Alaska - Dave Hendrickson

1:45 - 2:00     More history on Avalanche forecasting & Education in Alaska - Sarah Carter, AAIC  

2:00 - 2:10 BREAK

2:10 - 3:10    Panel Discussion #1 What is the future of avalanche forecasting in Alaska? 

3:10-4:10       Panel discussion #2 How is education moving forward in an effective manner across the state?        

Both panels will include: Short presentations by Panel Members

  Questions / comments from the audience

4:10-4:15       Break

4:15-4:45       Risk Management: Open discussion and questions forum

4:45-6:00       Poster sessions open: Introduction of organizations/ networking 

4:30-6:00       ISSW 2012 organizing committee meeting

6:00-9:00       Season Kick Off party hosted by Alaska Avalanche School

Theme - Retro Ski   -   Food - Beer and Networking opportunities

Saturday, November 5 - 9 am– 6:00pm – APU Campus Anchorage

Saturday AM for Professionals 9am - 12:00 pm
Saturday PM for General Public - 1pm - 6:00pm

9-9:30 am Solving the human problem: solutions for communication and group dynamics 

9:30 - 10:00  Case study: Hatcher Pass Accident, March 2011

10 - 10:10 BREAK 

10:10 - 11a    Session #1 

  • Forecaster track - What are your options for Data Management? Powdercloud  presentation
  • Snowmobile Education track - Jeremy Hanke, Canadian Avalanche/Snowmobile educator
  • Sustainability track - Developing sustainable revenue for snow safety from earned income (Mike Walsh, Foraker Group)
11 – 11:10   BREAK

11:10 -12:00pm  Session 2:

  • Forecaster track – Forecasters brainstorming and networking
  • Snowmobile Education track – Content of training & Growing the educator pool
  • Sustainability track - Developing sustainable revenue for snow safety from earned income (Mike Walsh, Foraker)

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Saturday 1-6 pm open to public: $20 per person (applies only to the general public)

1-1:15 pm WELCOME to the Snow Safety Survival Challenge - Introduction of Education Team

1:15-1:45 – Planning and Preparing for adventure - Weather, Trip Planning, Communication, Equipment and effective team communication

1:55-2:40 - Session 1 

  • Learning from others - Accident summary and lessons learned in AK in past 10 years
  • Preparing for a snowmobile adventure: Weather, trip plan, equipment & terrain management

2:45-3:30 – Session 2

  • What is new on the avalanche rescue front: new techniques, new tools
  • Case studies of snowmobile adventures gone wrong: Decision making activities and tools. Jeremy Hanke shares his snowmobile instruction experience.

3:30-3:45 - BREAK

3:45-4:15 – Session 3

  • Reading terrain: general rules for all tools, then differences for skier, snowboarder, snowmachine, etc.
  • New tools and techniques for snowmobilers

4:20-5:15 – Session 4

  • Reading terrain: general rules for all tools, then differences (break-out groups maybe?) for skier, snowboarder, snowmobiler, etc.
  • Practice session for avalanche rescue - focus on snowmobilers
5:15 - 6pm   – BREAK - CLOSING – THANK YOU’S AND FEEDBACK

 

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Poster Presentation

All agencies and organizations are invited to participate in the Poster Presentation.

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