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Swedish skiers knowledge, experience and attitudes towards off-piste skiing and avalanches
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering.
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
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The winter of 2012/2013 was the most accident-prone season in the Swedish avalanche history with a total of seven dead Swedes. In April 2013 the Swedish Mountain Safety Council initiated a web-based survey aimed towards Swedish skiers. The aim was to identify the target group's knowledge, experience and attitudes towards off-piste skiing and avalanches. Respondents were asked to answer a total of 28 questions. 1047 Swedish off-piste skiers answered, and we analysed them in more detail. The Swedish off-piste skier is apparently a seasoned skier who skis a lot every year. About 80 % ski at least two weeks per year and over 90 % have skied for at least 10 years. He or she is well trained and equipped for avalanche accidents. About 90 % possess avalanche equip- ment and about 60 % use it regularly. About 80 % believe they have good avalanche knowledge and 50 % have taken an avalanche course. About 35 % have themselves been caught in an avalanche, and 60 % knows someone who has. Although experience, education and the recent tragic deaths, off- piste and ski touring are increasing, approximately 80 % ski, as much or more, than three years ago. Approximately 50 % are unaffected by the recent accidents and about 75 % are still willing to take risks to go off-piste. The results show no indications of a more restrictive behaviour. The respondents seem often to overestimate their skills when skiing in avalanche terrain. Swedish avalanche education and communication is clearly missing an important piece.

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Soil Mechanics
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-32765Local ID: 75a7c853-a050-4a57-b682-f86095abcee7OAI: diva2:1005999
International Snow Science Workshop : 07/10/2013 - 11/10/2013
Godkänd; 2013; 20140124 (stemar)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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