Year of Award
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Master of Arts (MA)
Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism
Department or School/College
School of Journalism
Lee Banville, Ray Ekness, Keith Bosak
avalanches, journalism, media, montana
University of Montana
Environmental Sciences | Environmental Studies | Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration | Sports Studies
Backcountry avalanche deaths are rising across the United States. Despite better
backcountry recreational equipment and better education, skiers, snowboarders,
snowmobilers, and ice climbers succumb to avalanches more often every decade.
Avalanche courses are taught by Forest Service centers around the country and
improvements are made to transceivers to help find those buried in avalanches. But
weather is fickle, and the snowpack is variable. Researchers don’t know how many
people are going into the backcountry, or even where they go – hence the term
“backcountry.” So can they only provide education and information to help curb
avalanche deaths? Or will recreationists continue to die a white death?
Dufoe, Abbey, "FIGHTING THE WHITE DEATH: THE STRUGGLE TO REDUCE AVALANCHE DEATHS" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4483.
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