White Heat Tracks Project seeks your input for avalanche research

The aim of the White Heat Project is to generate new and usable knowledge on risk-taking behavior, and on factors behind decision errors in avalanche terrain in particular. The White Heat Tracks project is an extension to the previous "SkiTracks" project, and is a collaboration between a group of researchers at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø; Montana State University, in Bozeman, USA; and Umeå University, in Umeå, Sweden. We are asking people to complete a decision-making survey: (https://montana.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_74aRQuWMj0wbJHv) and if they have time and energy, also submit GPX tracks of their backcountry trips to "tracks@montana.edu"

More information can be found here: 
http://www.montana.edu/snowscience/tracks.html
And here: http://www.montana.edu/news/17430

Where are deep slabs occurring?

New blog post about the pattern of deep slab avalanches this season.  

New blog post: The evolution of our deep slab problem.

New forecaster's blog about our evolving avalanche problems is here

Win prizes for sending us observations!

We are giving away a $100 and $50 gift certificate to a local retailer of your choice to the two people who submit the most observations between now and February 15th.   Help us improve our public safety product!

(Although we do love to hear about the backflip you just stomped, the observations must be from the backcountry and informative to our forecasters.)

Avalanche fatality in Fernie

An avalanche fatality occurred on Monday, January 8 in the Lizard Range, near Fernie, British Columbia, approximately 60 miles northwest of our Whitefish Range's northern boundary.  Our thoughts go out to all those involved.  Preliminary info here.

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