Ideas and Other Neat Stuff

BeaconTest | DangerScale | Stability Scales | ShovelShearTest | RutschblockTest | HighmarkDanger | SnowShelters

International Beacon Test

A report of test conducted last winter in Europe comparing the new digital beacons to analog beacons.

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Avalanche Danger Scale

A very clear explanation of the avalanche rating scale used by most avalanche forecasting centers used in North America.

by Dale Adkins

an avalanche forecaster and member of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center

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Stability Scales

An explanation of Stuff Block, Shovel shear and Rutsch block test results.

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Hasty Pits

by Dennis Doyle**

A guide on how to perform the most popular types of shovel shear tests.

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Rutschblock test

by Dennis Doyle**

An explanation of how to do a Rutschblock test with skiis.

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WHY HIGHMARK KILLS

by Doug Fesler and Jill Fredston*

Excellent article discussing unsafe snowmobile practices and ways to reduce the danger.

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Snow Shelters

Examples of survival shelters that can be made in the winter.

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* Doug Fesler and Jill Fredston, both avalanche specialists, are Co-Directors of the non- profit Alaska Mountain Safety Center, Inc and the Alaska Avalanche School.

**Dennis Doyle Avalanche Supervisor for The Rocky Mountain Division of the National Ski Patrol

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