As part of spiffing up WildSnow.com, I finally reached the line on my to-do list that said “re-up the quiz.” So yesterday I wrapped our infamous avalanche risk self evaluation quiz in our new site look, and made some improvements.
To keep the library of associate blog comments intact, I re-dated this blog entry as today (original publication of quiz and this post was September 20, 2006).
Without more blabber from me, check it out and let us know what you think — and if you’re safe enough to ski with (grin).
We don’t know how the quiz software will hold up to multiple concurrent users, so I guess we’ll find out. Leave feedback here and we’ll continue to change and improve the quiz.
If you link to the backcountry skiing avalanche risk quiz directly, please use the following URL:
We got a lot of hits on the quiz yesterday, but not much feedback. Is it working for you guys? Please let us know.
original 2006 blog post below
We’ve been wanting to create an avalanche risk self evaluation quiz for quite a while, more as a teaching tool then anything else, but also for fun. The idea is to stimulate thought and improvements in how we go about staying alive in avalanche country. We decided to go public but it’s still a work in progress, so your comments are highly appreciated.
The thrust of the project is to get away from gear issues as a measurement of personal safety. Ditto for book learning. Instead, the quiz weighs your answers in a variety of ways and tries to come up with an evaluation of your person safety style. We use gear and knowledge questions, but mix those up with “human factor” questions and some goofy stuff just for fun.