VIDEO: Giant Inbounds Avalanche Triggered by Control Teams at Closed French Ski Area

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This video was captured at Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps on Jan. 18, 2021. 

Tignes is currently closed because of COVID-19 lockdown. 

This video’s caption on YouTube reads: 

This one here in Tignes, France in the ‘Col de la Leisse’ area of the Grande Motte sector taken by the Service des Pistes de Tignes from this morning 18 01 2021.

An especially dangerous, but also educational time throughout the Alps. The situation is a ‘text book’ example of instability especially in the Northern French Alps due to a persistent weak layer(s) with new snow on top. A great opportunity to learn about the phenomena, as well as, avalanche accident reduction points. However it’s also a time to apply serious risk reduction measures such as avoiding all slopes of 30° or more even if there are lots of tracks around you on steep slopes and it looks fine. One of the most important lessons of avalanche safety is that nothing happens most of the time even when it is very unstable (https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/succe…)… but then sometimes it does. This video and these two tragic deaths (on following links) in the Tarentaise / Haute Tarentaise area of Savoie in the last 5 days attest to the deceptive nature of the phenomena : https://www.ledauphine.com/societe/20… https://www.ledauphine.com/faits-dive…

There have been similar results from avalanches control triggered by explosive in many areas of the Alps today as part of avalanche control efforts by local authorities from helicopters.

 


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