Item: The alpine meadows avalanche trial: conflicting viewpoints of the expert witnesses
Title: The alpine meadows avalanche trial: conflicting viewpoints of the expert witnesses
Proceedings: 1986 International Snow Science Workshop, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
Authors: Dick Penniman
Abstract: In 1982, an unexpected avalanche at the Alpine Meadows ski area killed seven people, and the ski area was subsequently sued for wrongful death. During the court battle a number of avalanche consultants were called upon to help resolve fundamental questions concerning the adequacy of forecasting and control procedures performed by Alpine Meadows. Their testimony reflects a dramatic split of opinion within the international avalanche community. The jury decision in this trial may have profound affects on future avalanche forecasting and control procedures in the United States.
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Keywords: unexpected, fatalities, sued, wrongful death, testimony
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