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Educational Avalanche Images

I created the images on this page for my avalanche education presentations. Although they are copyrighted, you may use them provided:

  1. The images are only used for educational purposes.
  2. The images are not altered and the text that appears on the images is unchanged.

Also, if you use a rescue photo that shows an avalanche fatality, please be respectful when you display that image. I am sharing those photos to educate the public and prevent deaths. Thanks.

Fair enough? Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Click on an image to download it or click on a "Preview" button to see the image in a popup window.

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Avalanche Terminology (click to hide)

These images show the parts of an avalanche. You can show one after the other in your presentation, or simply show the last image.

Avalanche

 

Avalanche Crown

 

Avalanche Crown Face

 

Avalanche Flank

 

Avalanche Bed

 

Avalanche Stauchwall

 

Avalanche Debris

 

Avalanche Toe

 

Avalanche Trigger

 

Avalanche Rescue (click to hide)

Although these images do not have the animated skier that you may have seen in my presentations, they do show the logical progression of an avalanche rescue.

Size-up

 

Point Last Seen

 

Clues Search

 

Search Strip Width

 

Signal Search Complete

 

Coarse Search Start

 

Coarse Search End

 

Fine Search 1

 

Fine Search 2

 

Fine Search 3

 

Fine Search 4

 

Fine Search 5

 

Fine Search 6

 

Rescue Summary

 

Transceiver Summary

This image animates

Fine Search Video

(Questionable Narration...)

Transceiver Probing Images (click to hide)

Probe Angle

This image animates.

Probe Spacing

This image animates.

Probing

Cavemen pushing sticks into the ground.

Probeline 1

 

Probeline 2

 

Avalanche Shoveling Images (click to hide)

Shoveling

This is a recovery.

Shoveling

This is a recovery.

Shoveling

This is a recovery.

Shoveling

This is a recovery.

Shoveling

Deep burial (recovery).

Shoveling

This is a recovery.

Shoveling

Please use this image appropriately!

Shoveling

Please use this image appropriately!

Probeline Images (click to hide)

Probeline—Title Page

Slide 1 of 6

Probeline—Overview

Slide 2 of 6

Probeline—Probers

Slide 3 of 6

Probeline—Lines People

Slide 4 of 6

Probeline—Leader

Slide 5 of 6

Probeline—Probe Strike

Slide 6 of 6

Motorized Rescue (click to hide)

Snowcat and Helicopter

 

Snowcat and Helicopter

 

Interviewing Witness

 

Snowmobile Rescue Team

 

More Rescue Photos (click to hide)

Recovery

 

Sunset Searching

 

Fatality

Please use this image appropriately!

Fatality

Please use this image appropriately!

Fatality

Please use this image appropriately!

Avalanche Snow Grains (click to hide)

Surface Hoar

 

Avalanche Recipe

 

Terrain Images (click to hide)

Slope Scale

 

Accidents by Steepness

 

Inclinometers

 

Measuring Steepness

 

Slopes Above

Flat terrain? Two people are buried here.

Cornice

Cornice with wind scouring.

Cornice

Unaware of cornice?

Cornice

Earth line under cornice.

Cornice

Cornice danger zone.

Concave/Convex

 

Avalanche Path

Argenta

Other Images (click to hide)

ALPTRUTh

ALPTRUTh data in a clean chart.

ALPTRUTh

ALPTRUTh table (form).

Survival Time

Think drowning.

Avalanche Road

Little Cottonwood Canyon

Probability of Survival

 

Transceiver Flux Lines

 

Transceiver Flux Lines

 

Water Weight

 

Water Weight

 

Water Weight