Item: Snowcraft and ski mountaineering
Title: Snowcraft and ski mountaineering
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1976 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Alberta
Authors: W.R. Bradley
Abstract: Based on 38 years of accident-free ski-mountaineering, the author has prepared an instruction booklet which discusses in layman's terms snow metamorphism, avalanche formation, terrain features, route finding, slab recognition, group conduct, and related topics. Emphasis is place on recognition of danger signs through practical techniques available in the field (e.g., use of ski poles). The author makes a plea that more information be published in practical terms, and that an attempt be made to bridge the gap between scientific research and the needs of the back-country skier. There is a continuing need for public education, since this is the way to realize the greatest gains in avalanche safety.
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Keywords: avalanche education, ski poles, terrain, weak layer
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