After a week with lots of snow -and lots of avalanches- it is good to remind ourselves about the risks that skiing and being at the mountains involve, and more importantly, try to minimize them as much as we can.
The following graphs are only a couple of interesting facts about avalanches that are good to know, but won’t save our lives.
There is only one way to be prepared for avalanches, and it consists in education, a lot of practice, proper equipment and excellent partners.
Having said this, lets give a look at some pretty interesting facts about avalanches:
#1 AVALANCHE FATALITIES BY GENDER
#2 AVALANCHE FATALITIES BY AGE
#3 AVALANCHE FATALITIES BY ACTIVITY
#4 WHO TRIGGERS THE AVALANCHE?
#5 RECOVERED ALIVE vs TIME
#6 SLOPE ANGLE OF THE START ZONE
#7 BEACON USE AMONG FATALITIES
#8 AVALANCHE FATALITIES BY DANGER LEVEL
REMEMBER: If you are skiing in the backcountry, always carry a beacon, shovel and prove, and never go alone. But also, get yourself avalanche education and lots, lots of practice.
Sources of Information: WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, “Backcountry Avalanche Awareness” by Bruce Jamieson, “Staying Alive In Avalanche Terrain” by Bruce Tremper