Avalanche Engineers – MSU’s Subzero Lab


Montana State University is leading the field of avalanche research thanks to its state of the art Subzero Lab!

This video is a few years old but does an excellent job of highlighting how engineers and scientists are studying this facility to model and study the snowpack, with the ability control nearly every variable including sunlight (including movement), temperature, humidity.

Their research has a huge impact on how avalanche risk is calculated and forecast, helping us make even clearer decisions regarding our trips into the backcountry. This video is well worth 10 mins of your time 🙂




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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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