SIA’s Backcountry Experience (Booth #3657) is where retailers, reps and media learn more from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) professionals. Last year welcomed athletes and guides including Chris Davenport, Lynsey Dyer, Jeremy Jones and more. Each day, Backcountry Experience hosts retail clinics, panel discussions, happy hours with the pros, in addition to supporting content structured around the basics of the Know Before You Go program. Whether you are a longtime backcountry enthusiast or are starting this season, we invite you to the Backcountry Experience and stay tuned for more details!
The Avalanche Project was originally created as Project Zero (est. 2010) as a coalition of avalanche forecast centers, ski industry brands, manufacturers, and other players as a national effort to increase awareness and education and decrease preventable avalanche deaths.
With the help of a few key Snow Industry Brands – the project felt it was beneficial to re-brand as The Avalanche Project.This name change reflects our intent to engage users directly without confusion and to continually evolve with the users. For news, updates, information and resources, learn more at www.theavalancheproject.org.
2016 BACKCOUNTRY EXPERIENCE SEMINARS/CLINICS/EVENTS (BOOTH #3657)
|Thursday, January 28|
Coffee and Backcountry Experience
Know Before you Go: An Industry Model, Executive Director, Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center, details a successful collaboration of key stakeholders from across the avalanche industry to change the face of avalanche awareness as we know it.
|11A||Open Q & A with AIARE|
The Dark Side of Brilliance, AMGA certified ski guide and human-powered skier discusses how learning to balance emotion and reason in the backcountry is a lifelong endeavor. Sometimes it can feel like a battle. While it’s avalanches that kill, it’s our passion and excitement, insecurities and fears, our wishes and dreams that push us into harm’s way.
|2P||Panel: The Future of Backcountry Research & Technology.
Hosts Jordy Hendrix & Jerry Johnson
Following up on issues raised in Powder Magazine’s groundbreaking digital piece “The Human Factor”, an important presentation followed by a panel discussion will investigate how we can improve backcountry decision making through gains in research, technology and education.
Panelists include: Jordy Hendrikx and Jerry Johnson, Snow & Avalanche Lab, Montana State University; Brian Lazar, Deputy Director Colorado Avalanche Information Center; Brint Markle, CEO AvaTech; Ben Pritchett Program Director American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education.
|4P||The Avalanche Product
Retail Ambassador Program, experience how you and your retail location can increase your backcountry product knowledge, know the resources available to you, and learn how you can become a positive voice for the backcountry community as an Avalanche Project Ambassador. Join athletes from the Know Before You Go program and hear from the stars themselves – Greg Hill, Chris Davenport, Louise Lintilhac, Donny Roth, and others!
|5P||Happy Hour with the Cast & Crew of Know Before You Go, mingle with the stars and athletes of the best avalanche awareness program running!|
|Friday, January 29|
|10A||Panel: Media & Retail Role in Changing Backcountry Culture.
Host Eric Henderson
|11A||Open Q & A with AIARE|
Proceed with Caution: Travelling to Ski the World Without Avalanche Forecasts. While enticing to visit, most of the world’s mountains don’t have experts trying to keep you on top. Safely climbing and skiing objectives outside the forecast zones is possible. Brody Leven presents practical, real-world approaches to worldwide skiing.
|2P||Panel: Inside the Female Mind, Host Louise Lintilhac
How do women approach problem solving, group dynamics and decision-making? Join some of the sport’s leading women athletes and snow professionals for a panel discussion. Host Backcountry Magazine Assistant Editor Louise Lintilhac. Panelists include KT Miller, Lynsey Dyer, Pip Hunt.
Big Mountains, Big Lines, Big Consequence. Hear from one of the most prolific and successful ski mountaineers of the modern era on his strategies to stay safe and achieve big goals in the mountains.
|Saturday, January 30|
Biff America book signing.
|11A||Open Q&A with AIARE|
Reflections on Big Mountain Avalanche Risk & the Benefits of Fear. No one logs more backcountry vertical than Greg, world-record holder of 2 million human-powered vertical climbed and skied in a year. Greg’s photographic and video-supported narrative describes his success and challenges in big mountains.
How Retail Employees Can Become Your Brand Advocates
A Backcountry Mental Checklist. The most iconic backcountry snowboarder of our generation details the checklist he uses before committing to some of the boldest lines ever ridden.