I have posted this in my Real Life in Jackson, Wyoming blog and thought to post in the main blog also. It is true in a lot of ways so be careful out there lest I or my bretheryn have to inflict our care on you. If we do, you are going to the hospital even if you didn't have to go in the first place.
After a week of nuttiness, I can come up for air tonight and tomorrow. Hopefully I can post some more information on resort openings in Europe. Things have changed here and gotten quite warm. I think our coldest day thus far has been only 24 degrees, or around minus 3 celcius. Not very cold, especially considering our weather patterns for the last couple of years.
I have spent three days refresing my medical certifications, training for lift evacuations, and reviewing our policies, and another three days running around the mountain like a monkey putting up ropes and bamboo. All this and money too.
Here I am sitting the the lobby of the hotel hosting the ISSW 2010 blogging about it and so far it has been insightful. I last attended this function in 2004 and found it quite boring: lots of heavy-duty science and very tecnical papers presente by folks whose grasp of everyday English was limited. This ISSW has been much better. I am not sure if this is a result of greater understanding of the subject matter on my part (doubtful), or if the committee responsible for choosing the papers to be presented have asked the presenting authors to please dumb down the talks. I think it is the latter.
The days still go fast, regardless of the scientific density of the papers. Maybe that's because I am well lubricated.
Photo of the hall:
There are over 900 people registered at the conference; this is almost 100 people more than the last one in Davos in 2009. Didn't know there were that many snow geeks.
Very nice facility and hotel. Here is a photo of the main lobby with fantastic views of Squaw Valley:
Nice crappy fall weather we're having on the last day of August in Jackson. Hard, cold rain and cold temps (I think the high will be possibly in the mid forties). I just signed up for the 2010 International Snow Science Workshop in Squaw Valley, CA in mid-October. I can't believe I'm thinking about winter and ski patrolling already.
The ISSW is a geekfest to snow lovers; it is basically a bunch of snow geeks presenting esoteric papers on some mundane issue regarding snow and basically justifying their grant budgets. I attended in 2004 and slept through a large number of the presentations. It is a week vacation in Squaw Valley and the patrol will pay for it so not bad. Three of us are going from Snow King so Kev and I will make Galen take extensive notes while Kev and I sneak out and drink and screw off. Hopefully one or two presentations will be interesting. The most pressing question: what booze to bring?
Just got back from a bullet run down to Eden Utah for an instructor refresher/recertification for the NSP. I have also been appointed the avalanche advisor for the northern region of the Intermountain division of the NSP. Sounds like I need to start thinking about avi stuff already. Crimeny.