WET SNOW AVALANCHES put into perspective

WET SNOW AVALANCHES put into perspective

Very few avalanche deaths or accidents occur in wet snow conditions. “So we don’t need to worry about wet snow avalanches at all?” you may well ask. The answer is “Yes we do”!! The tricky thing seems to be that even though there are more...
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 and the USA. It was one of the worst seasons in fifty years for those countries. Other countries are likely to report...
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...