We will look back at the January 17th surface hoar layer that was responsible for a special Public Avalanche Warning (SPAW), some backcountry surprises and a SAR callout. We follow the life and times of this layer as a case study and explore how the South Rockies Field Team battled to keep track of its distribution and to make decisions choosing terrain. Why are “persistent avalanche problems” harder to manage than other problems anyways, and how the heck do we know when it is good to go again?!!
Jennifer is a long-time member of Avalanche Canada’s South Rockies Field Team. She is passionate about building an avalanche community that looks out for one another and values learning new things. She loves hats…and wearing different hats; such as instructing for the CAA, volunteering with Fernie SAR, guest appearing with Fernie Ski Patrol and training avalanche dogs for CARDA.