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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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.
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