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The podcast that helps keep you on top of the snow rather than buried beneath it.

Utah Avalanche Center Podcast Utah Avalanche Center

    • Society & Culture
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The podcast that helps keep you on top of the snow rather than buried beneath it.

    Processing the Wilson Glade Accident

    Processing the Wilson Glade Accident

    On the morning of February 6, two different groups totaing eight people went to ski in the Wilson Glade area of Alexander Basin in Millcreek Canyon. Both groups were ascending when the avalanche happened. Six people were caught and fully buried. Two of them survived. Four did not. In this episode, we break down what happened in this tragic accident. Drew is joined by UAC forecasters Nikki Champion and Trent Meisenheimer, and Alta Avalanche Office Director Dave Richards.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    How Valuable Are Avalanche Airbags Really? - A Conversation with Dr. Scott McIntosh and Black Diamond's Andy Merriman

    How Valuable Are Avalanche Airbags Really? - A Conversation with Dr. Scott McIntosh and Black Diamond's Andy Merriman

    In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Scott McIntosh and Black Diamond's Andy Merriman to talk about, well first, good decision making, but then, in the event you get caught in an avalanche, how and why an airbag can potentially help you avoid the worst consequences. In particular, we're taking about BD's innovative JetForce Pro Avalanche Airbag. A study conducted by Dr. McIntosh et al. suggests the JetForce Pro pack could delay asphyxia, buying buried backcountry users valuable additional time for rescue

    • 41 min
    Developing a Culture of Safety: A Conversation with Jeff Hambelton

    Developing a Culture of Safety: A Conversation with Jeff Hambelton

    Jeff Hambleton works with avalanche professionals from around the world and across disciplines to build avalanche education tools and train the next generation. In this episode: connecting to your audience; culture-shift after the Valentine’s Day slide of ‘99 at Mt Baker and the Danny Woods avalanche of 2008; effecting deeper change through social clubs; zone-based comms strategies; the value of simple rules; industry efforts to educate users; the future of motorized safety education.

    • 41 min
    Drew's Blogcast: The Anthropology of Risk

    Drew's Blogcast: The Anthropology of Risk

    Could our evolutionary history help explain why we enjoy putting our lives at risk?

    • 3 min
    Managing Avalanche Risk, Managing Pandemic Risk: A Conversation with Dr. Angela Dunn.

    Managing Avalanche Risk, Managing Pandemic Risk: A Conversation with Dr. Angela Dunn.

    Dr. Angela Dunn is the State Epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health. In this episode: messaging the problem as you're learning about it; public safety and risk guidelines; cascading risks; marketing problems; the risk/reward balancing act; the single overriding communications objective; effecting behavior change; sticky messaging; culture eats strategy for breakfast; irreproducible accents.

    • 54 min
    Drew's Blogcast: No Exit, or Tragedy of the Commons

    Drew's Blogcast: No Exit, or Tragedy of the Commons

    We're all in this together.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

One more run ,

Low danger

Amazing podcast with so many lessons. Thanks!

mburr1 ,

Great!

I’m new-ish to the wasatch backcountry and this is full of great info. Great guests, and Drew the host is full of amazing insights and knowledge.

Thanks

DeltaEchoKilo ,

Incredible Podcast

This is an incredible resource full of insight from some of the most experienced and learned professionals in the avalanche industry. Furthermore, Drew Hardesty co-stars every episode only adding deeper value and perspective. I really hope the UAC continues this project. Please bring the podcast back fellas!!!

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