The future of avalanche prevention?


The dangers and consequences of being caught in an avalanche are well documented and it’s definitely a scenario where prevention is far better than trying to formulate a cure.

AvaTech SP1

AvaTech SP1

American company AvaTech are aiming to help backcountry enthusiasts further identify any potential hazards and weak snow layers with their new SP1 probe, which measures the force required to drive it through the snow and create an accurate profile of the snow pack.

Digging a snow pit has been the only real method to assess snowpack stability so far, and while we do love being able to feel and see what the layers are doing it can be time consuming process. The benefit here is that you could collect 30 or so readings on the SP1 over a wider area in a similar amount of time.

Another neat feature of the SP1 is the ability to upload and share the snowpack data online, potentially allowing additional regional avalanche data to be produced.

So is it the future of further avalanche prevention? Check out the video and let us know your thoughts…



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Baden Knifton

Baden Knifton is owner and head coach at Onyx Snowboard School, holding BASI L4 ISTD Snowboard Instructor certification with further qualifications in Sport Technology (BSc) and Sport Psychology (MSc). He's the head trainer with Snowsport England and responsible for writing their instructor qualification programme. Additionally he works as a freestyle TD (technical delegate), judge, race official and regularly organises competitions around Europe. Away from snowboarding he's a winter sports and travel blogger, presenter, writer, general mountain man and tech geek!

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