Item: Avalanche control and hazard forecasting techniques
Title: Avalanche control and hazard forecasting techniques
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
Authors: D. Anderson, L. FitzGerald, K. Hoopingarner and J. Stratton
Abstract: The Snowbird Corporation controls approximately 450 starting zones which affect the ski area, and an additional 47 starting zones which affect the access road in Little Cottonwood Canyon. In five seasons of operation (1971 we have used 11,540 artillery rounds and 27,700 hand charges protect over 10 6 visitors (Table 1). So far, we have had no fatalities in our area, although we have had several non-fatal accidents which reinforce our need to continue and improve our avalanche safety program. In the period 1971-76, we average, nine avalanche accidents per season. Most of the victims either freed themselves or were immediately rescued by members of the own parties. However, on three occasions in this five-year period, the victims were rescued by rapid search of our ski patrol team dispatched from our upper tram station.
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Keywords: avalanche control, avalanche forecasting, starting zones, fatal
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