More on Avalanches
You can spend as much time as you wish studying avalanches. I promise that you won't run out of study options--avalanches are not very well understood, the truth be told.
Avalanche advisories for mountains in New Zealand
- Check the avalanche glossary for explanations of bizarre avalanche terminology;
American Avalanche Association, the organization of US avalanche professionals;
AIARE, The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education;
SnowCrystals.com, your online guide to snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena;
Avalanche.org (West-Wide Avalanche Network) is a grab-bag of useful avalanche information, including avalanche accident statistics, links to avalanche advisories all over the western US, weather links, remote weather telemetry data, an avalanche library and much, much more.
- The Utah Avalanche Center has a new site with links to all the avalanche forecasts in the state.
Snow and Avalanche Programs
To learn more about avalanches in a course visit the following links to find out about courses available in New Zealand.
- Other snow and avalanches programs are offered by Tai Poutini Polytech, or Otago Polytech
- Alpine guides in Mt Aspiring / Mt Cook/ Mt Hutt/ Backcountry Guides/ Peak Risk / Outdoor experiences also offer programmes, vistit the links: off-piste, www.heliskiing.co.nz.
- Mountain Saftey Council New Zealand publishes a newsletter and has an avalanche advisory service on which you can subscribe.
DOC has useful information on safety
Firstrax is a Web magazine about Colorado backcountry sports that includes snowpack information pertinent to the La Sals.
Mountain Zone is by far the slickest backcountry e-magazine. Look for numerous articles about avalanche awareness topics, avalanche fatalities of the rich and famous, and other mountaineering info.
Other Avalanche Organisations
The following organisations carry out good work in avalanche awareness. Some of them were so kind to share their resources with us.