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AVALUATOR

 
   

Overview

The Avaluator is a rule-based decision support tool for amateur recreationists, including backcountry skiers and snow- boarders, snowmobile riders and out-of- bounds skiers and snowboarders, in Canada.
The Avaluator pocket card and companion booklet are designed to help them make critical decisions both before and during backcountry trips.
The Avaluator was developed under the ADFAR project in collaboration with Dr. Ian McCammon from Snowpit Technologies and significant input from the entire Canadian avalanche community.

Avalanche!

Click here to view an example page of the booklet. Link

To learn more about the Avaluator, visit the website of the Canadian Avalanche Centre.
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Science

The following papers contain some information about the science that went into the development of the Avaluator
- Haegeli, P., McCammon, I., Jamieson, B., Israelson, C., and Statham, G. (2006). The Avaluator - a Canadian rule-based avalanche decision support tool for amateur recreationists. International Snow Science Workshop - Telluride, CO, October 1 - 6, 2006. PDF files
- McCammon, I., and Haegeli, P. (2006). Evaluation of a rule-based decision aid for recreational travellers in avalanche terrain. International Snow Science Workshop - Telluride, CO, October 1 - 6, 2006. PDF files
You can find more papers in the publication section of this website.
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Purchase

The Avaluator is available in English and French and can be purchased in selected stores of Mountain Equipment Coop, various outdoor equipment stores, or directly from the online store of the Canadian Avalanche Centre.
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Updates

The second print run of the Avaluator was published in March 2006. We took this opportunity to make a few modifications to the Avaluator booklet based on feedback we had received from users and AST course providers throught the winter. The new Avaluator presents the concept of prevention value in a much more intutive fashion. You can download the new charts in pdf format at the following links:
- Trip Planning Chart (p. 8)
- Obvious Clue Chart (p. 19)
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