Item: Avalanche forecasting for a helicopter skiing operation in the united states
Title: Avalanche forecasting for a helicopter skiing operation in the united states
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1994 International Snow Science Workshop, Snowbird, Utah, USA
Authors: Jim Woodrnencey and Jon Shick, High Mountain Heli-Skiing, P.O. Box 2221, Jackson Hole, WY 83001
Abstract: Helicopter skiing is not a new sport in the United States, with a history spanning over 20 years, it has developed into a viable business in several locations throughout the West. Although perceived as a "high risk" sport, the safety record of the Heli Ski operators in this country is incredibly good. Besides the obvious inherent dangers of flying in the mountains in a helicopter, in sometimes less than ideal weather conditions, it is the avalanche problem that must be dealt with once on the ground. This paper will address the daily operational forecasting routine of High Mountain Heli-Skiing in the Jackson Hole area. The forecasting program for this operation, therefore, is somewhat complex and we will discuss the various methodologies and techniques employed throughout the season to evaluate and deal with the avalanche hazard. Including: Weather monitoring and forecasting system, snowpack evaluation and data logging, explosive uses, safe route finding, and terrain management.
Keywords: backcountry skiing, forecasting, helicopter skiing
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