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Over the last few winters, my research team and I have conducted several large online surveys to better understand how backcountry recreationists use avalanche bulletins. We are typically interested in big questions like “What are the different types of bulletin users?”, “Do our users have the skills they need to apply the bulletin information in a meaningful way?” or “How does the presentation of the information affect users’ ability to apply the information?” However, not all the data we collect make it into our final analyses and presentations. This article shares some additional insight we gained from our 2020 survey on how people use the avalanche problem information provided in avalanche bulletins.
Click here to access our article. You can access the entire issue of the Avalanche Journal of the Canadian Avalanche Association at https://issuu.com/theavalanchejournal/docs/caj_vol126.