There are comparably few avalanche-prone areas in Finland, but there are several risky avalanches occurring in Northern Finland every winter. Despite the potential dangers, freeriders and other outdoor enthusiasts are likely to take their trips exactly to these avalanche-prone areas due to the mountainous scenery and speedy rides.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) has issued avalanche forecasts to six avalanche prone areas in Northern Finland based mainly on observations from automatic weather stations and weather forecasting models since 2002.
During the last decades the tools for avalanche services have experienced great progress. In this presentation I consider the first steps towards more advanced avalanche warning services at FMI.
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Kaisa is a geophysicist who works as a meteorogist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Rovaniemi. A part of her winter day working shift is to issue the avalanche forecast to Northern Finland. She also loves telemark skiing.