Sknow detects weak snow layers to protect skiers from deadly avalanches
Via the Rochester Business Journal
May 18, 2020
Norwegian geo analytics company, Think Outside, has developed a product called Sknow, which provides deeper insight into snow conditions and protects skiers from dangerous avalanche terrain. Sknow can also be used to offer more reliable insights about the quality of water in the mountains. Think Outside is one of the 10 finalists in optics/photonics accelerator Luminate NY’s third cohort.
Sknow is aimed at reducing avalanche accidents and deaths, while simultaneously improving knowledge and sharing about the snowpack. The Sknow device attaches to a ski to read snow layers, GPS position and skiers’ performance metrics to alert the user if a weak snow layer has been detected.
For every step the skier makes, Sknow generates a live digital snow profile to identify weak layers as well as localized avalanched risk levels. Deborah Karlsen, Think Outside’s co-founder, offers more insight to Sknow technology.