Skiing groomed alpine slopes or prepared nordic tracks presents most skiers with a range of thrills and challenges more than adequate to fulfill their needs. For a growing number of skiers, however, the untracked—and often uncertain—snows of the backcountry and remote mountain terrain offer the ultimate adventure in skiing. Adventure skiing often requires some modification of both equipment and technique; certainly it requires that skiers take responsibility for their safety, relying on themselves and, in many cases, their guides to prepare for the hazards that can accompany this special type of skiing.
KeywordsSnow Avalanche Snow Density Turn Radius Avalanche Hazard Snow Type
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- 1.For information regarding backcountry skiing and the specific hazards presented by snow avalanches, see the several references cited in the bibliographical essay under the heading “Back Country Skiing.”Google Scholar
- 2.For more information on backcountry snow and the snowpack, see relevant chapters in D. M. Gray and D. H. Male, editors, The Handbook of Snow (Pergamon, Toronto, 1981)Google Scholar
- 2a.see also two papers by M. Mellor, “Properties of Snow,” Monograph III-AI (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, NH, 1964)Google Scholar
- 2b.M. Mellor “Engineering Properties of Snow,” J. Glaciol. 19(81), 15 (1977).Google Scholar
- 3.The data plotted in the graph come from Mellor’s two papers cited in Ref. 2 above.Google Scholar