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Avalanch Case study report Stevens Pass 02-18-2012

post #1 of 10
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Can anyone remember being involved in a avalanche  fatality   case study ?  Who is charged with performing the case study ? 

 

What is the difference between a very well written  case study and a poorly done case study (what is covered in the case study) ?

 

Who is charged with performing the case study ?

 

Is it normal for no case study to be performed ? 

 

When is the case study author in conflict of intrest ?

 

Are there any links out there to share of a well written avalanche fatality case study for example .

 

John, Jim & Chris   RIP

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by motorhome - 2/27/12 at 10:19pm
post #2 of 10

I can't answer any of your questions, but here's a link to the Incident Report for the recent Steven's Pass (Tunnel Creek) avalanche:

 

http://www.nwac.us/media/uploads/documents/accidents/2011_2012/Preliminary_Tunnel_Creek_Avalanche_Accident_2-29-2012.pdf

 

This is a preliminary report by the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.  The NWAC is part of the Forestry Service.   

 

 

post #3 of 10
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SDSTARR,

Thank you for the link  this will put to rest much of the     "slush"     that has been circulating around concerning this case .
 

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I can't answer any of your questions, but here's a link to the Incident Report for the recent Steven's Pass (Tunnel Creek) avalanche:

 

http://www.nwac.us/media/uploads/documents/accidents/2011_2012/Preliminary_Tunnel_Creek_Avalanche_Accident_2-29-2012.pdf

 

This is a preliminary report by the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.  The NWAC is part of the Forestry Service.   

 

 



 

post #4 of 10

"slush" is an interesting choice of words. The initial reports and discussion were fairly accurate.

 

that report describes the "perfect storm" 

 

the point that they were swept into the area they were avoiding in their line choice was frightening.
 

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SDSTARR,

Thank you for the link  this will put to rest much of the     "slush"     that has been circulating around concerning this case .
 



 



 

post #5 of 10
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I understand the sherrifs department confiscated the digital footage of the event . A lawyer for the family has requested the footage not be released to the public .  15 days from when the sherrif took it    it can be released to the family .  Wonder what the family will do ?  I am sure there are many that would like to see it . Often it sends a message to on lookers dont mess with  mother nature  . Tough call for everyone

post #6 of 10

Not a case study, but this is an extremely professionally told story about this tragic incident. 

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek

Be sure to watch the video linked to from the last part. Get tissues before reading.

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Not a case study, but this is an extremely professionally told story about this tragic incident. 

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek

Be sure to watch the video linked to from the last part. Get tissues before reading.

For sure, it is one of the most well written articles I've read from the NY Times that includes audio and video about skiing in general.  Very dramatic.  It's pretty detailed as much as it could be at the time of writing, and full of "what if" scenarios as you read it that makes one ponder the dangers of slack/side/back country while alone or with a group.

 

It's not an article to scare, but more to say "hey", think before you adventure.

post #8 of 10

I work in aviation and focus on safety, so.......

 

In aviation there are a ton of very smart folks working on causation or causal factors.  There are many dedicated to human factors and what makes people do certain things, and others that are specialized in engineering, as to why they are designed a certain way etc..; both intertwine in many ways. Anywho....

 

"Reason's Model" is a theory of how accidents happen.  It's used as a way to explain what happened, potentially, theoretically, why this and that, and to prevent future events of similar situations.

 

Here is a simple chart to Reason's explanation(mind that not all slices may apply), as to why human factors were the key ingredient to the event at Stevens Pass:

 

 

 

This said, in aviation (likely in avalanche investigation too), there is no conflict of interest in investigating.  If you know any member involved, you're not part of the investigation team.  If you are trying to research an event....this might provide a path for some ideas resulting in some answers.

 

This is all I have right now,

Kevin

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For sure, it is one of the most well written articles I've read from the NY Times that includes audio and video about skiing in general.  Very dramatic.  It's pretty detailed as much as it could be at the time of writing, and full of "what if" scenarios as you read it that makes one ponder the dangers of slack/side/back country while alone or with a group.

 

It's not an article to scare, but more to say "hey", think before you adventure.

alone or with a group. the first and foremost take away from this tragedy. that would have been a good day to ski alone.

 

and to say: watch who you adventure with.

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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post

Not a case study, but this is an extremely professionally told story about this tragic incident. 

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek

Be sure to watch the video linked to from the last part. Get tissues before reading.

intense article

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