At a more detailed scale, when we are able to observe the mountain directly, we must be capable of evaluating whether or not the information from the avalanche risk bulletin and the condition evaluator maps correspond, with the actual conditions.
At a more detailed scale, that of specific slopes, the snowpack conditions that we observe and the terrain analysis that we perform in situ, will be determining in the making of decisions. The broader scale information becomes less relevant because the slopes can be affected by multiple variables which cannot be taken into account by an analysis at a regional or mountain scale.
In any case, it is recommended to have as much knowledge as possible regarding; snowpack behaviour, the capacity to analyze it, the options offered by the mountain and equipment to minimize the risks. This is not learned by consulting avalanche risk bulletins or the weather forecast, but through experience and avalanche safety training.
Up to this day, there are several countries in full classification phase of the ATES terrain, among them Canada, Spain, Andorra, Sweden or Poland. Atesmaps wants in the future to become a website where you can find all the existing cartographies. Of course, this will depend on the willingness of the different organismsto share their data
From the issuance of the cartography of the condition evaluator, many discussions have arisen between different organisms, on whether or not it is right to adjust the degree of danger at the hillside. It is true that we start from the concept that Atesmaps is a tool for planning and not navigation. Even so, it is impossible to control the good use and therefore,
we can be offering a tool that generates avoidable situations of danger,
due to the user’s little experience.
For this reason, Atesmaps has decided to do without the orientation variable of the rosette of BPA. The cartography of the condition evaluator therefore, it takes into account the classification of the ATES terrain, the degree of danger and the height.
In this sense, it seems that in Canada, this evolution of the ATES guidelines, which are in tune with how the BPA is generated, which adjusts to delimit three danger zones linked to height; alpine, scattered forest and dense forest. For the BPA of the Pyrenees, one will think of a scenario in which there are two degrees of danger for a determined altitude interval.
In this case, Atesmaps assesses the highest degree of danger and represents the entire altitude range with that danger. The positive part of this change, even if information is lost, is that they do not stop marking slopes with real danger, although they do not appear marked in the BPA, that it is based on a scale of regional analysis.