With winter just around the corner and dreams of powder becoming more frequent there are also sobering reminders of the dangers associated with skiing and snowboarding in the backcountry. Last year in Europe 137 people were killed in incidents in the European backcountry involving avalanches, that’s more than 40% above average.
alps avalanche deaths
It is being report that skiers which consisted of four men and two women aged between 58 and 73 were hiking and skiing when they were swept to their deaths by a large avalanche. This incident happened early in the morning on January 25th, 2015 in the Queyras mountain range which is close to the border with Italy. This accident brings the avalanche death total in the Alps to 17 this winter. The Alps average about 30 skier/snowboarder deaths per year. The Alps lost 17 skiers/snowboarders in 2014 season, 21 in 2013, and 22 in 2012. […]