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Westwide Snow Survey Training School

What is Snow School?

Snow Survey Training School is required for current and new NRCS employees and cooperators that perform snow survey duties as part of their job. Students from all over the country participate in an intense week of training in data collection, safety and outdoor survival. As part of the winter survival training, students learn to build snow shelters and bivouac one night in the snow.

Most Snow Survey Training School instructors are NRCS employees who work directly with the Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting (SSWSF) Program. Instructors in avalanche and outdoor survival are world-renowned experts in their fields.

Course work is about 50% classroom lecture and 50% field exercises.

Course Objectives, Prerequisites, Eligibility

Photo Galleries

Bend, Oregon 2016 Snow School
Tahoe City, California 2015 Photo Gallery
Bend, Oregon  2013 Photo Gallery
Tahoe City, California  2012 Photo Gallery
McCall, Idaho  2011 Photo Gallery
Bend, Oregon  2010 Photo Gallery
Tahoe City, California  2009 Photo Gallery
Winter Park, Colorado  2008 Photo Gallery
Tahoe City, California  2007 Photo Gallery
Bend, Oregon  2006 Photo Gallery