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.
Keywords: unexpected, fatalities, sued, wrongful death, testimony
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