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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
    • 4.9 • 97 Ratings

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

    Toby Weed on Sharing the Joys of Powder Snow

    Toby Weed on Sharing the Joys of Powder Snow

    If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's snow. In his 20-plus years as a UAC forecaster for the Logan region, Toby Weed has seen snow's uniting effects. The Logan mountains boast an abundance of terrain, and for years, motorized and non-motorized users battled for the best slopes. But, Weed says, these days, things have changed. He joins us to talk about how, by focusing on the snow, and how to travel safely on it, we can all just get along.

    • 33 min
    Paige Pagnucco on Effective Messaging in Culturally Complex Terrain

    Paige Pagnucco on Effective Messaging in Culturally Complex Terrain

    There isn’t any hard data on this, but it seems safe to say that Paige Pagnucco is one of very few people who are both full-time avalanche forecasters and MBAs. In fact, she may well be a group of one. Pagnucco, who forecasts for the Logan region, says that, while it may not seem like it at first, there’s actually some significant overlap between business and forecasting. It comes down to messaging. Marketers and forecasters are both trying to figure out how you inspire certain behaviors by saying the right thing in the right way. Pagnucco joins us to explore the nuances of effective communication in a backcountry locale shared equally by motorized and non-motorized users.

    • 33 min
    Eric Trenbeath on the Communal Impact of a Tragic Avalanche

    Eric Trenbeath on the Communal Impact of a Tragic Avalanche

    The La Sal Mountains of southeastern Utah erupt out of the surrounding red rock desert. They sport steep slopes and big alpine lines that just beg to be skied. But this is expert terrain, says UAC forecaster Eric Trenbeath. It’s highly avalanche prone, especially in the heart of winter, when the coverage is thin. Trenbeath is based in Moab, and he’s been forecasting for the La Sals and nearby Abajos for nearly 15 years. All that time, and for years before he arrived, the shadow of the Gold Basin accident has hung over winter recreation down there. Trenbeath joins us to recount the tragic events of February 12, 1992, and to explain how the shockwave of an avalanche fatality can reverberate through a community for years.

    • 39 min
    Greg Gagne on Developing a Conservative Mindset and Cultivating Community

    Greg Gagne on Developing a Conservative Mindset and Cultivating Community

    Greg Gagne is a self-described conservative backcountry skier. His greatest satisfaction comes from putting in the work before entering avalanche terrain. He wants to know, as well as he possibly can, that the snow he’s traveling on and around is stable. Greg joins us to explore how we grow our knowledge and experience in avalanche terrain, and we also talk about the ingredients of a healthy backcountry community.

    • 50 min
    Nikki Champion on Forecast Accuracy and Finding Your Way

    Nikki Champion on Forecast Accuracy and Finding Your Way

    UAC forecaster Nikki Champion knows first-hand the challenge of charting a career path in snow and avalanche science. She joins us to talk about how having role models and mentors that looked like her helped her find her way. We also talk about her recent ISSW paper evaluating the accuracy of the avalanche center’s forecasts in the last few years.

    • 30 min
    Drew Hardesty on Stories, Storytelling and Safety Communication

    Drew Hardesty on Stories, Storytelling and Safety Communication

    This season, something a little different on the podcast. We want you to get to know the UAC forecasters, so, Drew is handing over the host's mic to producer Benjamin Bombard, and he'll be the one interviewing the crew. Drew's first at bat. He joins us to talk about how relaying valuable information through stories—rather than "just the facts, ma'am"—can help backcountry users get home safely.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 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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