Faculty Advisor

Davis, Paul W.

Faculty Advisor

Theyel, Gregory


The primary cause of human-triggered avalanches has been found to be error in judgment. We interviewed Swiss ski tourists in order to investigate the influence of group interactions on the decision-making of alpine recreationists. After analysis of the interview data, we identified four themes that shape human interactions in recreational avalanche environments: the experience level of the participants, the relationships between participants, the leadership style a group adopts, and the role gender plays in decision-making.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs