Item: Decision-making on variable risk terrain
Title: Decision-making on variable risk terrain
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1996 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Canada
Authors: Dick Penniman and Rene Boisselle, Snowbridge Associates, P.O. Box 34004, Truckee, California 96160 USA, R.B. Engineering, 13070, 58e Avenue, Saint-Georges, Beauce Quebec G5Y 5B9
Abstract: The likelihood of severe injury or death increases when avalanche victims encounter strong destructive forces within moving debris, and/or they impact with injurious or fatal terrain features such as trees, cliffs, and deep gullies along the avalanche path. This paper proposes a scale for determining the level of potential risk of severe injury or death as these factors vary from one avalanche path to another. The intent of this risk scale is to provide a decision- making tool to help both recreational and professional backcountry travelers determine the need to minimize site specific uncertainty about snow stability when contemplating travel onto avalanche terrain.
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Keywords: backcountry, burial, force, obstacle, risk
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