Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 269–285, 2019
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 269–285, 2019

Research article 28 Jan 2019

Research article | 28 Jan 2019

A method of deriving operation-specific ski run classes for avalanche risk management decisions in mechanized skiing

Reto Sterchi and Pascal Haegeli


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (21 Nov 2018) by Perry Bartelt
AR by Reto Sterchi on behalf of the Authors (17 Dec 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Jan 2019) by Perry Bartelt
Short summary
We used a revealed preference approach and identified patterns in risk management decisions of mechanized skiing operations. Our results show that terrain choices of experienced guides depend on a much broader set of factors beyond just the avalanche hazard, including skiing experience or accessibility due to weather. The identified high-resolution ski run hierarchies provide new opportunities for examining professional avalanche risk management practices and developing meaningful decision aids.
Final-revised paper