Thank you for participating! Your responses will help us improve avalanche forecast communication!


This survey is part of a research study to determine how different ways of communicating avalanche danger forecasts affects decision making.

In this survey you will be asked an assortment of questions about your risk taking tendencies, avalanche knowledge, and map reading skills in order to establish an understanding of you as a survey respondent. You will then be shown a series of avalanche danger forecasts and asked to make a decision whether or not you would enter an area where avalanches are possible.

This survey will take you between five and ten minutes. This survey will be brief, painless, and perhaps even enjoyable. This survey puts you in no danger from avalanches or anything else.

This survey may provide no direct benefit to you as a participant, but it may improve your ability to understand and interpret avalanche danger forecasts. Additionally, the information gained through this study will be used to inform future improvements to avalanche danger forecast communication methods.

If you have any questions or comments about this survey or research, please contact: Ben Kane at If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, please contact: Janai Symons, Research Compliance Officer (RCO), (360) 650-3082. If you suffer any injuries or other adverse effects as a result of your participation in this study, contact either Ben Kane or Janai Symons.

The data resulting from your participation in this study will be included in a written thesis, and may be used in an article in a peer-reviewed journal or publication. If you choose to enter your name and email because you are willing to be contacted for further questions related to this study, these will be kept confidential. Your answers & identity will not be linked and your identity will remain anonymous. The data will be stored in a secure, password protected computer.

Your participation in this study is voluntary, and you are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time without penalty.

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