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Rapid warming, rain and wet snow avalanches

3 February 2021

A common misconception about avalanche accidents is that they’re mainly related to rising temperatures. When I ask people about when and where they think most avalanche accidents occur, they nearly always reply ‘In Spring, on South facing slopes’. It’s an understandable theory because these wet snow avalanches can be frequent, spectacular and destructive. However, as […]

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Avalanche Rescue Val d’Isère Chemins des Côves ‘The Avalanche Path’ today: a quick written & video summary

28 January 2021

4 people on snowshoes taken in a natural avalanche today around 13h. 3 partially buried – minor injuries. 1 person buried for over two hours; he was found miraculously alive. Chances of survival under snow drop below 50% after 30 mins, thus the importance of autonomous ‘companion search and rescue’ with avalanche transceivers ,shovels and […]

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I trusted my intuition even when it was wrong

27 January 2021

On this evening’s webinar event, “Recent avalanche accidents, Are the victims unlucky? Or were the accidents predictable?“ My heart is heavy with all the avalanche accidents and deaths over the last few days in the Northern French Alps and in parts of Switzerland not too far away. I’m thinking of the victims, their families and […]

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Recent avalanche accidents, Are the victims unlucky? Or were the accidents predictable?

24 January 2021

Webinar 1730 GMT Wednesday 27th January There have been quite a few fatal avalanche accidents in the alps this season despite the restrictions (or maybe because of the restrictions). In the aftermath of these tragic events. The victims are often referred to as “unlucky”. Yet many of the victims are also very experienced guides or […]

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Massive Avalanche Results from Avalanche Control in the Alps

18 January 2021

Following and complementing our post this past Friday, “An exceptional avalanche situation, … in the Northern French Alps and surrounding areas – worth noting, following and learning from. “ The following video in Tignes, France, is of a massive avalanche set off during avalanche control procedures (PIDA) this morning in the ‘Col de la Leisse’ […]

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