Item: Hazard perception and preparation by cross-country skiers in utah
Title: Hazard perception and preparation by cross-country skiers in utah
Proceedings: 1990 International Snow Science Workshop, Bigfork, Montana USA, October 9-13
Authors: Kevin J. Kobel and Mike Jenkins
Abstract: The growing use of wildlands for recreation in winter has placed increasing demands on resource management agencies. Winter hazards are substantial, and agencies must confront the difficult task of how to maximize the safety of visitors, while providing the opportunities that bring substantial public benefit. The objectives of this study were to determine how well present avalanche warning systems work in relaying avalanche information to cross-country skiers; to determine in what ways awareness of hazard will alter skier behavior; and to examine the influence of risk-seeking in the cross-country ski experience. Throughout three winters we administered 419 questionnaires to skiers in both the Bear River and the Wasatch ranges of northern Utah. Sixty-one different ski locations were represented in the sample. Of the skiers surveyed, 68% were beginners or intermediates, and 32% were advanced or experts. Information-seeking, experience and risk attractiveness all had strong associations with hazard perception and preparation.
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Keywords: winter recreation, resource management agencies, hazards, safety
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