Swiss avalanche pro in town to talk, teach

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010

JUNEAU - Manuel Genswein, a Swiss avalanche specialist, will give a free public lecture tonight at the Hangar Ballroom, and over the weekend, will instruct local agencies as part of an inter-agency professional training module in avalanche rescue.

The public talk, titled "Companion Avalanche Rescue: Tools and Techniques for Efficient Search and Excavation," will begin at 7 p.m.

Genswein has developed technologies and techniques to make avalanche search and rescue more efficient. He invented the Easy Searcher avalanche beacon training device used at Eaglecrest, Alyeska, Crystal Mountain and many other ski resorts around the world. He also developed the V-shaped conveyor-belt shoveling approach and the optimized search strategy for multiple burials.

Genswein has taught avalanche rescue workshops throughout Europe and North America, and has presented his research at the International Snow Science Workshops in Telluride, Whistler and Davos.

His visit to Juneau also will include an inter-agency professional training module in avalanche rescue for the City and Borough of Juneau, Juneau Mountain Rescue, SEADOGS, Capital City Fire and Rescue and the Juneau Ski Patrol at Eaglecrest Ski Area this weekend.

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