Through meetings with ski resorts in North America and also having skied the West and Europe I have been fascinated by the professionalism, engineering and training in the area of snow safety, avalanche management at ski areas .
In Europe the use of systems applied to manage avalanches is more mechanized and less human dependent, as in the products offered by TAS.
In North America, we are mostly dependent on hand -deployed explosives or by cannons.
From a risk stand point, storing, transporting and handling explosives is of high concern and provides significant potential for accidents. Since 1990, there have been 18 deaths of ski Industry professionals , mostly patrollers, professional or in a volunteer capacity while “on the clock,” in snow-safety or avalanche rescue work.
Of these 18 only two have been recorded as explosives accidents.
So while we admire this testament to the high degree of training and professionalism by the ski patrols utilizing explosives, we still recognize that there has been 18 deaths by ski area professionals suffered in 24 years .
The underlying questions:
1) What is the ROI on the mechanized system and is the payback within a reasonable time frame.
2) Is there a need to be looking at these systems as labor costs are increasing and availability of skilled patrollers may become challenging going forward?
No matter the rationale, we are grateful for the professionals that make it possible us to traverse and ski off-piste with assurance and peace of mind.
Thank you, Jay BRISTOW for your information on TAS Natural Hazards Control Solutions
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