Informed Consent

By filling out this questionnaire, you are consenting to participate in our research. Your participation in this survey is voluntary, and you may choose not to respond to any question or terminate the survey at any time. While it is not possible for participants to withdraw previously submitted responses, responses of participants who did not complete the survey will be destroyed prior to analysis.

All information you provide in this survey will be confidentially stored in a registry in accordance with Simon Fraser University's research ethics guidelines. Any contact information you provide will only be used to contact you for participation in future avalanche safety studies conducted by the SLF Avalanche Warning Service and Simon Fraser University. Your responses will be analyzed in aggregate and will not be identifiable in any publications.

While the data collected in this survey will be stored indefinitely in the registry to facilitate a continuous communication and longitudinal studies about avalanche safety products, there are two options for you to request having your personal data removed from the registry:

  • Sending an email to pascal.haegeli@sfu.ca at any time.
  • All of our emails inviting you to participate in a targeted research study will explicitly give you the option to request being removed from the registry.

Note that your information will never be shared outside of the SLF Avalanche Warning Service and the avalanche research program at Simon Fraser University.

Please note that posting to comments sections on social media or other forums about this study may identify you as a participant. We therefore suggest that if this study was made available to you via a social media site or other online forums, you refrain from posting comments to protect your anonymity.

The winter backcountry activities mentioned in this survey involve serious risks that can lead to severe injuries and/or death. Note that being associated with these activities might negatively affect your insurance benefits (e.g., travel insurance).

For any questions regarding this study, please contact Dr. Pascal Haegeli, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Avalanche Risk Management, at pascal.haegeli@sfu.ca or 778-782-3579. If you have any concerns about your rights as a research participant and/or your experiences while participating in this study, you may contact the SFU Office of Research Ethics at dore@sfu.ca or 778-782-6618.