Item: Avalanche safety in a micro community
Title: Avalanche safety in a micro community
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1994 International Snow Science Workshop, Snowbird, Utah, USA
Authors: Walter Walker, Coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, 81301, Phone (303) 247-7293, Fax (303) 259-1774
Abstract: Fort Lewis College is an undergraduate institution with 4,000 students located on the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The student body is very active in the outdoors during all seasons. The snow months present a particular challenge because the students access the mountains via the US Highway 550 corridor, one of the most avalanche prone areas in the country. This paper offers a review of the avalanche safety instruction programs, equipment rental options, online weather and avalanche forecast information which are provided to the students of Fort Lewis College. Techniques of how best to reach a homogeneous community of 19 to 25 year old college students are discussed.
Keywords: recreational counseling, safety, forecast
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