Ski Tracks Trip Survey Survey Guidelines and Instructions:
The survey consists of several questions with room for note taking and comments. It should take only a few minutes to complete and we have tried to make it easy to do on a handheld device. Most of the questions are self-explanatory. Try to fill in a survey for each day trip either during the day (for example while taking a lunch break) or as soon as possible when you return.
Here are some guidelines for some of the questions:
Experience: Use the following definitions and mark a number in the appropriate place for each member of the group:
Novice – little to no experience with winter backcountry travel, no formal avalanche education, normally not a group leader.
Intermediate – someone with a few years (i.e. <5 yrs) backcountry experience.
Expert – someone with many, (i.e. > 5 yrs) backcountry experience, and/or professional experience. This person is a frequent group leader and trip initiator.
The ski tracks app allows you to take photos and tag them on the GPS track. Please take some photos of things of interest such as snow conditions or snowpack assessments you carried out. Feel free to make notes on any aspect of your day on the last page.
We are asking for your name for each survey. We will use these to match to your daily GPS logs only. They will not be shared, copied, or otherwise made public. You are free to use an alias but please make sure you use the same for the daily surveys and your preseason survey.