About SnowGeek

SnowGeek's Mission

To advance excellence and openness in Avalanche Education and Snow Science

What is SnowGeek?

  • First and foremost, SnowGeek is an organization dedicated to excellence and openness in Avalanche Education and Snow Science
  • The first step in that mission, is to provide the best education materials for students to learn from. In the same way that universities are democratizing education with platforms such as edx.org and coursera, the SnowGeek edx platform at edx.snowgeek.org will make high quality education material accessible to anyone, anywhere, that wants to learn
  • SnowGeek also develops online tools for backcountry users to aid in preparing for traveling in avalanche terrain. The first of those tools is the Trip Planner which obtains weather conditions, weather forecasts, and map information from a variety of sources including NOAA, Snotel, ForecastIO, Google Maps, and CalTopo.
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SnowGeek International

SnowGeek is an international organization with supported courses in North America, South America, and Europe. In North America, SnowGeek participates in courses in Lake Tahoe, Idaho, and Colorado. In South America, SnowGeek is partners with SnowProject to offer affordable, high quality education in Spanish at locations across Argentina and Chile.

Visit our education page. to learn more about SnowGeek international education

SnowGeek in Research

A central component of SnowGeek is the advance of Avalanche Education, but just as important is the advance of Snow Science. As part of that philosophy, all members of SnowGeek participate in research related to either Snow Science or Avalanche Education. Below are some examples of the research SnowGeek members have done and some current projects.

SnowGeek Research Projects

Mini-FMCW Radar Cryosphere Group at the Boise State University Geophysics Department.

The computer simulation project is centered around creating a simulated snowpack then modeling facet metamorphism in the snow. The simulation uses a technique called Bi-Continuous modeling described in a University of Washington research paper to construct the snowpack. Following that, Fick Flow is used to model facet metamoorphism. The research is conducted by Pedro Rodriguez, an undergraduate in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Originally a final project for a simulations class in the UC Berkeley Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, it is now pursued as a project in collaboration with the Cryosphere Group at Boise State University Geophysics.
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Different Layers of a Simulated Snowpack
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