slope-angles-survey Backcountry Slope Angles Survey How do you use inclination in the mountains? Take a few minutes to complete this survey; get 20%-off a PoleClinometer slope meter for your time! Which best describes you?backcountry pro (avy forecaster/instructor, guide, pro freeskier, etc)avid/frequent backcountry skier/snowboarder/snowmobiler/etcoccasional backcountry skier/snowboarder/snowmobiler/etcresort skier/snowboarder/etcother (please describe) What's the highest level of avalanche training you've received?noneless than Level 1 (online, evening sessions, etc)Rec Level 1Rec Level 2 or higher recreational trackPro Level 1Pro Level 2 or higher professional track How recent was your last avalanche training or refresher?less than 1 year ago1-2 years ago3-5 years agomore than 5 years agoI've had no avalanche training Do you measure slope angles in the mountains?yes, frequentlyyes, occasionallyyes, but rarelyno; I don't ski/ride/travel in uncontrolled avalanche terrainno; I do ski/ride/travel in uncontrolled avalanche terrain, but I don't measure slope anglesI haven't really, but I might give it a try What device(s) or method(s) do you use to measure slope angles?[check all that apply] phone app (eg. Avalanche Inclinometer) pocket inclinometer device (eg. BCA Slope Meter) inclinometer-equipped compass (eg. Suunto MC-2) "forestry type" inclinometer (eg. Suunto PM-5) ski pole inclinometer device (eg. Pieps 30°plus) ski pole inclinometer sticker (PoleClinometer) ski pole triangle trick (DIY, various methods) "eyeballing" slope angles (what's your estimated accuracy? have you verified using devices? describe below) topo map + ruler, or dedicated topo gradient tool maps/guidebooks with explicit inclination indicators (eg. Beacon Guidebooks) other (please describe) Which "use-mode(s)" do you employ for directly measuring slope angles?[check all that apply] cross-slope line-of-sight (sighting from the side) up/down-slope line-of-sight (sighting from the top or bottom) contact measurement (measure the slope right at your feet) other? (please describe if we've missed a use-mode) What value do you place on knowledge of slope angle when traveling in avalanche terrain?a lotsomenot muchnoneI hadn't really considered it, but might in the futureI don't travel in avalanche terrain Do you also take inclination readings for avalanche "alpha angle" or "runout angle" measurements?yes, frequentlyyes, occasionallyyes, but rarelyno; I understand avalanche alpha angle concepts, but I don't really employ themwhat's alpha angle?I don't travel in avalanche terrain What value do you place on knowledge of avalanche "alpha angle" or "runout angle" when traveling in avalanche terrain?a lotsomenot muchnoneI hadn't really considered it, but might in the futurewhat's alpha angle again?I don't travel in avalanche terrain Any interest in learning more about using inclination as an avalanche safety tool, or participating in a controlled study to test inclinometer accuracy?very interestedsomewhat interestednot so interestednot at all interested In what format(s) would you be interested in learning more or participating?[check all that apply] in-person learning/training written article online video in-person controlled study remotely organized controlled study other (please specify) Any additional comments? OPTIONAL: Enter your contact info to receive the monthly PoleClinometer newsletter. We'll pass along updates about new inclination and avalanche safety products/events/news/etc. Time is Up!