Ideas and Other Neat Stuff
International Beacon TestA report of test conducted last winter in Europe comparing the new digital beacons to analog beacons.
Avalanche Danger ScaleA 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
Stability ScalesAn explanation of Stuff Block, Shovel shear and Rutsch block test results.
by Dennis Doyle**A guide on how to perform the most popular types of shovel shear tests.
by Dennis Doyle**An explanation of how to do a Rutschblock test with skiis.
WHY HIGHMARK KILLS
by Doug Fesler and Jill Fredston*
Excellent article discussing unsafe snowmobile practices and ways to reduce the danger.
Snow SheltersExamples of survival shelters that can be made in the winter.
* 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