Avalanches are Colorado’s most deadly natural hazard, so public communication about avalanche safety is an important tool to help backcountry travelers stay safe.
To learn more about how avalanche communication is received by the public, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (and Friends of CAIC) have partnered with Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC on a public survey project. The online surveys are aimed at winter backcountry users of any experience level and you do not have to live in Colorado to participate.
Learn more here: https://avalanche.state.co.us/snow-pool
Sign up to take the surveys here: https://caicsignup.avalancheresearch.ca/en/index.php
We’ve taken the initial surveys and each took between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. If you can spare that minimal time commitment, the Snow Pool is a great way to help academics understand how we all use avalanche reports and bulletins which should eventually give forecasters information to help create better avalanche forecasts.
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