Item: Considering considerable and other considerations
Title: Considering considerable and other considerations
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2004 International Snow Science Workshop, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Authors: Steve Blake, Jasper National Park of Canada, Jasper, Alberta
Abstract: Avalanches do not discriminate between backcountry user groups or an individual’s experience level. For the purposes of this discussion the population is divided not by the type of activity in which they participate (e.g. skiers, snowmobilers, snowboarders) but by their relative level of experience. The Unaware, The Untrained Recreationalist, the Trained Recreationalist and Avalanche Professionals each have idiosyncrasies in regards to avalanche exposure. Avalanche risk versus avalanche danger, the challenges of “Considerable”, experienced based decision making are discussed.
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Keywords: risk, avalanche danger, accidents
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