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Avalanche Workshop Presenters

by Amanda Compton, Capital City Weekly

A current UAS environmental science undergraduate and an ENVS alumni will present at the third Southeast Alaska Snow and Avalanche Workshop on Nov. 10 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The event starts at 5 p.m. and consists of nine 20-minute presentations. Though there are introductory classes to backcountry awareness offered locally, the SEASAW event is geared towards those who have some basic education already.

Environmental Science graduate Kent Scheler is the snow safety director for Teton Gravity Research, a company based in Jackson Hole, Wyo., founded by two men from Anchorage that produces popular winter films screened all over the word. Scheler will present a lecture titled, "Terrain, snowpack and group management for heliskiiing and ski movie filming."

Scheler was selected not only because of his experience in the ski film industry, but because he has a local connection.

"Kent will be speaking on snow safety in regards to movie crews, filming in the mountains," Emergency Programs manager and avalanche forecaster for the City and Borough of Juneau Tom Mattice said. "He's a University of Alaska Southeast graduate and he's become high in the TGR organization. He's a local boy."

Current student Jamie Pierce will present, “Managing the avalanche risk in mountaineering expeditions - a guide's perspective."


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