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Avalanche Safety & Awareness
An avalanche is a fascinating and naturally occurring phenomenon that is caused by unstable snow conditions. Since it is practically impossible to predict where and when the next avalanche will occur, significant amounts of information such as weather forecasts and avalanche forecasts are provided for the winter sports enthusiasts to aid their understanding of avalanche dangers and potentially prevent one from occurring.
The avalanche information provided is not a set of instructions, it is designed merely as guidance for those who wish to go off piste, and to facilitate informed decision-making. It is also worth noting that avalanches are not the only dangers of off-piste: natural obstacles such as crevasses, buried rocks or cliffs are also potential hazards. It is highly recommended that you take a mountain guide whilst venturing into unknown territory.
Avalanche Awareness & Avoidance
Being caught in an avalanche is perhaps the greatest fear of all those who undertake off-piste skiing or boarding and ski-touring. The boom in the snow sports industry, high lift-stations, and fat skis and snowboards have given greater access to the mountain for many who do not have the necessary experience to deal with the conditions and to know the warning signs.
Snow conditions can vary from week to week, and even hour to hour as weather conditions alter the structure of the snow. Knowledge of the snow and understanding of the terrain are necessary to avoid in being caught in an avalanche, however the best form of avalanche safety is really avalanche avoidance!
An avalanche consists of a fast moving mass of snow, ice and other debris collected en route. As snow falls it forms layers which bond together with already laid snow and the ground. When these frictional bonds between a surface layer, the ground and surrounding snow are weak or poorly formed, it can take just the weight of a single skier to destabilise the entire mountain surface.
The risk of avalanches on the patrolled runs is minimal as ski resorts go to great lengths to protect their pistes – incidents do happen but are thankfully infrequent. However, avalanches and accidents can occur just off the piste areas. The important point is to be prepared before you venture away from the pistes. An avalanche doesn’t need to be of blockbuster movie proportions to be hazardous to your, or others’, life.
Who gets caught in avalanches?
In general, its more likely to be a backcountry enthusiast or climber that gets caught in an avalanche as they are generally crossing hazardous terrain which would not have been controlled by the local ‘security des pistes’. A common perception for those that get caught and injured in an avalanche is that they were obviously at fault and shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Whilst this can be true for some avalanche victims it is important to stress that an avalanche is not always the fault of the backcountry skier or climber. Often unstable snow conditions, warm weather and melt water can affect the snowpack, creating a weak snow layer that will easily trigger a slide. The winter of 2005-06 was the one of the deadliest to occur for a long time. That year up to 55 people were killed in the French Alps during the course of the ski season that ran from December through to April. Not all of these were as a result of
Some avalanche quick facts:
In 90% of avalanche incidents involving skiers and snowboarders, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche
The common avalanches to occur are slab (which account for almost all avalanche fatalities. A cohesive plate of snow slides as a unit on top of weaker snow) or flow (powder) avalanches
Experience indicates that about 90% of avalanche victims will be recovered alive if they are pulled out within the first 15 minutes. After approximately 45 minutes, the chances of survival drop dramatically to between 30-40%. After 2 hours, the chances of being pulled alive are negligible.
Approximately 50% of victims, partially buried survive if their airways are clear. Of the 50%, only about 5% will suffer from deadly injuries due to the fall. Of the other 50% of victims who die, death will usually be attributed to a late rescue as carbon dioxide builds up in the snow around their mouths and they suffocate
The effects being caught in an avalanche potentially include having clothing, rucksacks, and other equipment ripped off the victim. Wearing a transceiver anywhere else but properly secured around your body can increase the chances of it being separated from you and therefore rendering it virtually useless