Item: Challenges in Forecasting, Chile 2005
Title: Challenges in Forecasting, Chile 2005
Proceedings: Proceedings Whistler 2008 International Snow Science Workshop September 21-27, 2008
- Matt McKee [ Utah Department of Transportation, Alta Ski Patrol ]
Abstract: When accepting an Avalanche Forecasting job on the other side of the hemisphere it is hard to know exactly what you are getting yourself into. E-mails and short phone calls help keep the details hidden, and often this is the desired effect because once you're there, you're there. My scenario: Eighty miles of high altitude dirt road (fifty miles of it littered with avalanche paths), four mine portals, one hundred twenty miners, fifteen beacons, a mining camp and a road camp all located in two separate drainages. Within a few days of my arrival I found myself alone. My forecasting tools: a handheld anemometer/thermometer, and a couple homemade snow stakes. This presentation is about my experiences trying to keep a struggling mining operation alive during a big winter, and in the end how it came down to getting out alive.
Language of Article: English
Presenters: Matt McKee.
Keywords: mining, forecasting, avalauncher