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What started with a close call has now become one of the most innovative advances in avalanche forecasting and snow science. While backcountry skiing in Verbier, MIT grad Brint Markle watched a friend get swept down the mountain in an avalanche. Although his friend survived, the experience was life changing. Determined that there must be a more proactive solution for avalanche forecasting and enhancing communication in the mountains, Markle and others put their minds to work to create the SP1 Smartprobe, the global AvaNet network, and the company – AvaTech.
Leading the edge with this sophisticated technology, which allows forecasters, guides, ski patrol, and other mountain professionals to quickly and accurately assess snowpack over time and space – AvaTech and its cloud sharing platform , AvaNet are changing the landscape in regards to information. Armed with the SP1, professionals can gather many objective snow profiles in seconds, complementing more detailed snowpits that can take 15-20 minutes for a single data point. Add the fact that all of this information is seamlessly geo-located, shared between professionals, and plotted on AvaNet’s advanced mapping platform, you can see the benefits. This upcoming season, we’ve heard AvaTech will be releasing a host of new and exciting AvaNet features including complete mobile integration, advanced terrain visualization, new observation types, and route planning among others.
“At AvaTech, we believe the strongest communities are those that find ways to work together. Whether sharing professional data or crowdsourcing mountain safety observations and experiences, we help local mountain communities around the world work together to improve their safety and mountain experience. We joined Project Zero as a Founding Partner because they share our belief in working collaboratively across the industry to ultimately save lives. We’ve been in avalanches ourselves and lost friends to avalanches, so we understand the problems firsthand. By sharing our new technologies with Project Zero and being an active voice in advocating avalanche education and other proactive safety measures in the mountains, we know we can make a difference.” – Co-Founder, CEO Brint Markle