Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies

Swamp Angel Study Site
Swamp Angel Study Plot (subalpine)

Senator Beck Study Site
Senator Beck Study Plot (alpine)

Putney Study Site
Putney Study Plot (summit)

Senator Beck Basin Stream Gauge
Basin Stream Gauge

St Paul Basestation
St. Paul RF Base Station

The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies serves the mountain science community and regional resource managers by hosting & conducting interdisciplinary research and conducting integrative 24/7/365 monitoring that captures weather, snowpack, radiation, soils, plant community and hydrologic signals of regional climate trends.

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Keith Roush- secretary/Treasurer of the Board

Keith Roush - Secretary/Treasurer of the BoardKeith Roush attended Montana State University in Bozeman 1967-1970, studying electrical engineering, film production and snow. Working in the mountaineering and ski business since 1971, he has climbed, skied and guided on three continents. He worked with Royal Robbins guiding in the San Juans since 1976 and developed the first Telemark ski boots with Galibier in France .

Moving to Durango in 1983, he has continued to ski the San Juan backcountry up to 90 days a year. Since 2002 he has been the proprietor of Pine Needle Mountaineering in Durango . He was President of the Board of the Western Winter Sports Representatives Association, board member of the San Juan Mountains Association, Silverton Avalanche School instructor since 1984 and member of the La Plata County Search & Rescue Management Team since 1983.

He also maintains a house in Silverton and skis and hikes every chance he gets in the San Juans, while still sticking his head into the snow on a regular basis.

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