Supporting Sponsors 2017


A massive thanks to Outdoor Research and DPS Skis for being our headline sponsors this year. All there support and gear goes toward providing a great educational event as well as scholarships and grants in the coming years.

Our supporting sponsors, Julbo, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, American Avalanche Association, Acadia Mountain Guides, Sterling Rope, Mammut and Equinox Guiding are key to our success and our future growth. Please do us a favor and support these companies like they support us.!


Silent Auction Items Stacking up!


More and more people are registering and sponsors are sending lots of great items to help support this year’s event. DPS Skis is digging deep and bringing a pair of Foundation 99 Wailers. Outdoor Research is sending a box or two of warm jackets and other OR gear for those long cold days of winter that are hopefully coming our way.


Look After One Another: Educate Yourself

Now winter is truly coming. In the winter, we must protect ourselves. Look after one another.

-Ned Stark, King of the North

Perhaps the phrase winter is coming has been played out. I’ll admit I’ve used it at least twice and probably even #hashtagged it more than that, but Ned Stark does have a point. Most of us ski and climb with a partner. There are days when I go alone, but I alert someone where I’m going. Most of the time it’s my wife. Sometimes I tell a friend as I’d like to not admit to her what I’m going to do until it’s been done… I digress.

Look after one another. When Frank, Ryan, and I go into the field for work, looking after each other is more important than any data we collect. If one of us fails to go home at the end of the day, we didn’t do our job. I try to instill this on my recreational partners as well. Look after each other, have fun, then get to the summit.

This is not intended to say don’t ski it. In fact, if the time is right, go for it! You and your partners’ (who are looking out for each other) job is to determine go or no go. Just be sure you’re protecting yourself the best you can. One great way to protect yourself is becoming more knowledgeable. The Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop is the perfect venue for this. Come spend the day with snow professionals and start your winter off on the right foot. This is a great event to come to with your ski partner and talk about how excited you are for propagation saw tests, capped columns, Norlun troughs, and rite in the rain notebooks.

We have a stellar line-up of presenters this year returning to the Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy. The lobby will once again be filled with vendors showcasing the latest and greatest. Our friends at Saco River Brewing will be on hand in the evening. While the workshop is aimed at continuing education for snow professionals, all are encouraged to join as this event is a good way to kick of the coming winter.


2017 Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop November 11, 2017


Everyone here is excited to hear that there was some icy mix in the mountains yesterday, so in honor of frozen precipitation we are announcing the official start of ESAW 2017.

We have the Laura Hill Eastman Auditorium booked for November 11, 2017! Same venue as last year.

We’re working on finalizing speakers, food, beer and snacks as well as Friday Night social and Sunday continuing education programs.

Stay tuned!


Friday Night Kick-off Social

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The Friends of Tuckerman Ravine (FOTR) are working hard to line things up for the Friday Night Social at International Climbing Equipment in North Conway. To save time on Saturday we’re also doing early registration Friday night (pretty exciting) but we’ll also be showing some videos, debating the pros and cons of the latest avalanche gear and re-connecting with old friends. 

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Dinner Details announced

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Grab your date, your wife, your friends or your mother and plan to attend this year’s Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop and Dinner. Speakers and panel discussions all day and then if that’s not enough you can register for a great dinner and listen to internationally known avalanche forecaster Rudi Mair as the keynote speaker. Here are the details.

Avalanche Awareness Dinner Schedule


Comments by Chris Joosen, lead snow ranger, Mt. Washington, NH


Welcome by Cindy Berlack and Laura Astle, mothers of Ronnie and Bryce, U.S. Ski Team members and avalanche victims


Eric Arvidsson, U.S Ski Team member, who was present at the fatal avalanche

Heidi Wyle, mountaineer and author of “Live Big,” a book about a 2003 Canadian avalanche disaster

Ann McLane Kuster, US Representative from New Hampshire, daughter of co-founder of Wildcat Ski Area, NH


7:20 – 8:00

Dinner Menu: Roasted, Stuffed Chicken Breast with all the trimmings, Chocolate Mousse

8 – 8:30

Keynote Speaker: Rudi Mair, director of Avalanche Warning Service in Tirol, Austria

 “Avalanches, their Mortal Danger, and Understanding Their Complexity?


2015 Agenda finalized

Speakers have been booked, plane tickets finalized and we are looking at a hot line up for this years ESAW. FOr teh details here’s a link to the agenda page.

If you haven’t registered by now, get on it space is filling up fast.