50th Avalanche Death in the Alps on Monday

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Disentis ski resort trail map with the Val Segnas - where the avalanche occurred - circles.
Disentis ski resort trail map with the Val Segnas – where the avalanche occurred – circles.

The European Alps just experienced their 50th avalanche death of the 2014/15 winter season. 

The most recent avalanche death occurred on Monday, February 2nd, 2015, at 6,223-feet while skiing the classic freeride descent of the Val Segnas in the off-piste terrain of the Disentis ski resort in the canton (state) of Graubünden, Switzerland.  The avalanche danger was rated as “Considerable” or 3 out of 5 at the time of the avalanche.

Map of all the locations of the 18 avalanche deaths in Switzerland this winter
Map of all the locations of the 18 avalanche deaths in Switzerland this winter

This was the 9th avalanche death in Switzerland since Saturday.  That’s 9 avalanche in Switzerland in 3 days.  Switzerland has had 18 avalanche deaths this winter.  The Alps have had 50 avalanche deaths this winter.

Switzerland.
Switzerland and Swiss flag.

Last Saturday, January 31st, 2015, 8 people died in 4 avalanches in one day.  On that terrible day, 5 skiers died in one avalanche on the Piz Vilan region of Switzerland.  These skiers were with a guide and that guide is now reportedly being charged with manslaughter.

Interactive map showing the location of the 50th deadly avalanche in Switzerland this winter.


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