Item: Loveland Basin Avalanche, February 1996
Title: Loveland Basin Avalanche, February 1996
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1996 International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, Canada
- Dale Atkins [ Colorado Avalanche Information Center, 10230 Smith Road, Denver, CO ]
Abstract: On February 2, 1996, routine avalanche reduction work by ski area workers released an avalanche that ran significantly beyond the path's maximum known runout zone. The soft slab avalanche destroyed a thick stand of 200 year-old and older, conifers before crashing into the ski area parking lot where it damaged or destroyed a number of vehicles. The weather and snowcover conditions prior to the avalanche, the results of avalanche dynamic and runout formulas applied to the avalanche, and as the damage caused by the slide are illustrated and discussed on the poster. From this avalanche event several conclusions can be drawn regarding avalanche dynamics, land-use planning and forecasting.
Language of Article: English
Keywords: colorado, avalanche, damage, runout distance
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