Item: Avalanche forecasting at jackson hole ski area
Title: Avalanche forecasting at jackson hole ski area
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
Authors: J. Simms
Abstract: The responsibility of hazard forecasting and stability evaluation for the Jackson Hole Ski area falls upon the U.S. Forest Service Snow Rangers assigned to the area. Although their forecasts are primarily for the ski area, several other agencies and groups benefit from their evaluations. Grand Teton National Park borders the ski area to the north and the Snow Rangers often assist the Park's back-country rangers when they request snowpack conditions. The Wyoming Highway Department is in daily contact with the Snow Rangers for evaluation of avalanche conditions along their highways, particularly the Teton Pass Highway, 13 km south of the ski area. The Snow Rangers also issue a general report of avalanche conditions relative to ski-touring, mountaineering or snowmobiling. Over a period of nine years, forecasting techniques and instrumentation have evolved into a sophisticated system of evaluating avalanche hazard on a day-to-day basis. Through good instrument-orientated forecasting, considerable savings may be made in man-hours and explosives, while maintaining a high level of safety to both the public and those involved in avalanche contro1.
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Keywords: avalanche forecasting, snow stability, hazard forecasting, instrumentation
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