Item: Avalanche transceivers: uses, limitations and standards
Title: Avalanche transceivers: uses, limitations and standards
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2000 International Snow Science Workshop, October 1-6, Big Sky, Montana
Authors: Franz Kroll, Asst. Product Manager, ORTOVOX Sportartikel gmbh Munich, Germany
Abstract: A first and quick glance on a snow surface will, simultaneously, show reality and illusion. It depends on the prior knowledge of the observer. What the observer is able to see, would like to see andior wish to see is exclusively determined by their level of snow knowledge and short-term goals for the day at hand. Snow, made from water just as tears, can provide either high stability powder skiing or slab snow with a high probability of triggering an avalanche. A good way to insure a safe and fun filled day of backcountry skiing is to: • Take an avalanche course! • Be aware of the avalanche danger at hand!. • Develop a reasonable balance between risk and fun! • Practice with your avalanche transceiver, The large helicopter operations are exemplary in their responsible working of snow craftsmanship by being able to balance risk and fun. Avalanche experts suggest that you carry an avalanche transceiver, probe pole and shovel at all times in the backcountry. However, the reality is different!
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Keywords: skiing, triggered avalanche, transceiver, avalanche danger
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