Pretty straightforward ask from the snow science community…next time you’re out on a backcountry ski excursion take a minute to record some snow depth measurements and log them using a mobile app. Such measurements are important for more than just recreation, they help researchers better understand the snowpack and hazards such as avalanches. They also support water runoff models that inform us about water resources, ecology, tourism and the effects of a changing climate.
Here’s what you’ll need: Snow probe with markings in centimeters. It’s an essential part of your backcountry safety gear, and doubles as a tool for making snow measurements. Also download the app before heading into the backcountry (more info here).
quick tutorial on how to take a measurement: