Snow Field School in Colorado, January 2018

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Snow Field School in Colorado, January 2018

Jessica D. Lundquist

Snow Measurement Field School

January 9 – 11, 2018 || Fraser, CO

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. EDT

CUAHSI is pleased to partner with the University of Washington, U.S. Forest Service, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Colorado Boulder, and Universite de Sherbrooke to offer the Snow Measurement Field School, a 3-day field school on making and analyzing snow measurements.

Course Objectives:

This course will give fundamental training to students in making and analyzing snow measurements including depth, density, water equivalence, grain size and shape, stratigraphy, temperature and hardness. Students completing this course will be able to perform high-quality fieldwork and design studies making snowpack measurements.

By the end of the course, students should be able to do the following:

  • Excavate and prepare a snow pit.
  • Measure profiles of density, snow temperature, grain size, and hardness.
  • Characterize stratigraphy and layering, snow surface roughness, and snow grain types.
  • Use a Federal snow sampler, an avalanche probe, a Magnaprobe, and other snow measurement equipment.
  • Design their own experiment for sampling snow based on specific scientific objectives.


The course is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, professionals and senior scientists, modelers and remote sensers that will make snow measurements as part of their research, or use snowpack data in their research. There are no required prerequisites, but students should be physically able to spend days outside being active in the snow.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 15, 2017 via the following Google Form ( Applications will be reviewed by course instructors and are evaluated based on the following criteria: clarity of learning takeaways from course; course relevancy to thesis work and/or job; and potential to contribute to university and general science community. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on October 15, 2017.

Visit the event website ( for additional information on the course and how to apply.


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