NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

NOTHING HAPPENS… most of the time

ORTOVOX Free Touring Image The number of avalanche accidents, injuries and deaths last season went far beyond the averages for France, Switzerland, USA. According to their preliminary reports it was one of the worst seasons in fifty years. Other countries are likely...
Rapid warming, rain and wet snow avalanches

Rapid warming, rain and wet snow avalanches

A common misconception about avalanche accidents is that they’re mainly related to rising temperatures. When I ask people about when and where they think most avalanche accidents occur, they nearly always reply ‘In Spring, on South facing slopes’. It’s an...
I trusted my intuition even when it was wrong

I trusted my intuition even when it was wrong

On this evening’s webinar event, “Recent avalanche accidents, Are the victims unlucky? Or were the accidents predictable?” My heart is heavy with all the avalanche accidents and deaths over the last few days in the Northern French Alps and in parts...
Massive Avalanche Results from Avalanche Control in the Alps

Massive Avalanche Results from Avalanche Control in the Alps

Following and complementing our post this past Friday, “An exceptional avalanche situation, … in the Northern French Alps and surrounding areas – worth noting, following and learning from. ” The following video in Tignes, France, is of a...
An exceptional avalanche situation…

An exceptional avalanche situation…

… in the Northern French Alps and surrounding areas – worth noting, following and learning from. “But”, you may say, “Every year there’s a weak layer – it’s always there”. Yes, but every year ‘the weak...
Companion Avalanche Rescue Training

Companion Avalanche Rescue Training

Are you able to locate and dig out your friend or family member from an avalanche in 15 minutes?Experts say that most avalanche victims are alive when the avalanche stops… and that their best chances of surviving are if they are dug out in 15 minutes or less. If...