Who's at Risk in the Backcountry? MSU's White Heat Project

6:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

Bozeman REI

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  • Group size: 30
  • Instructor: Andrea Mannberg, MSU

Who's at risk of getting caught, and potentially killed, in an avalanche? What is it that puts that person at risk? What can we do to reduce that risk? The honest answer to that question is still, sadly and problematic enough, we don't know The good news is that we have started the work to find out. We - that is, researchers at Snow and Avalanche lab, at MSU, and the Centre for Avalanche Research and Education at UiT the Artic University of Norway - are trying to decipher the mechanisms behind high levels of risk exposure in the backcountry. So far, we have analyzed a group of over 300 Norwegian backcountry skiers. Our findings suggest that most people make choices that are in line with their skill and risk tolerance levels, and that most people prefer to be relatively safe, but we also find that many of us are willing to accept to ski more risky slopes that we might prefer, and that there may be important differences between men and women.


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