Item: The avalanche terrain exposure scale in alaska
Title: The avalanche terrain exposure scale in alaska
Proceedings: Proceedings Whistler 2008 International Snow Science Workshop September 21-27, 2008
Authors: Sean McManamy, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies Eeva Latosuo, Mr. Wiliam Corwin, Sean Brennan.
Abstract: Avalanche terrain, inclement weather, and multiple snow climates create a dynamic winter environment within Alaska. Turnagain Pass, in south-central Alaska, has widespread avalanche terrain use but no common discourse between users. Avalanche terrain use associates every aspect of backcountry recreation with voluntary exposure to avalanche hazards. The Canadian Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale v.1/04 (ATES) isolates terrain as the static variable in avalanche terrain use. The ATES provides a common discourse for identifying topographical hazards worldwide. Additionally, the ATES establishes a universal concept for avalanche education and hazard mitigation viable in Alaska. This presentation recognizes: (1) The ATES as a feasible systematic approach to classifying avalanche terrain in Alaska. (2) The ATES Public Communication and Technical Model discourse is apt to southcentral Alaska specifically Turnagain Pass. (3) Adaptations necessary for application to United States avalanche curriculum.
Presenters: Sean McManamy, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies Eeva Latosuo, Mr. Wiliam Corwin.