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Switzerland - 299 Big Avalanches

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"A total of 299 destructive avalanches were recorded over the winter with 19 deaths, according to an end of season report. NEW

Switzerland's WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, SLF, released its figures to the end of April in its Winter Review published this week.

It counts a destructive avalanche as one which leads to loss of life, injury or damages property.

All but one of the 19 people killed were participating in winter sports in unsecured terrain, classified either as backcountry (16) or off-piste (2).

The exception was a ski patroller who died on an open ski run when a huge slide swept across a piste in Crans Montana in February."

https://www.planetski.eu/news/11769
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How does that compare with previous winters?
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
The article says the 20 year average was 21, so this would be a slightly better than average year (unless you were or knew one of the 19 killed)
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So, there is a 94% chance of surviving a bad slide.

Avalanches are not as dangerous as folk think.
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Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Jesus Christ...
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"Avalanches are not as dangerous as folk think."

Yeah, I'm going to say that I'd rather not find out
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Whitegold wrote:
So, there is a 94% chance of surviving a bad slide.

Avalanches are not as dangerous as folk think.


Your math is wrong. Not in all of 299 avalanches people were involved, some of them just happened, with no one on it's way. Some property damaged - already destructive.

In some more than one person died.
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FrediKanoute wrote:
The article says the 20 year average was 21, so this would be a slightly better than average year (unless you were or knew one of the 19 killed)


Thanks
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kosmoz wrote:
Your math is wrong. Not in all of 299 avalanches people were involved, some of them just happened, with no one on it's way.

While you are correct, it's also true looking purely statistical chances to die in avalanche are pretty small. Even if you happen to get caught in one. Not gonna search for real data, but if my memory servers me right, about 90%+ people caught in avalanches survive. But at least as I'm concerned, this doesn't mean a shi*t when I go out in backcountry. I don't want to be in that little percent of people who get caught in avalanches and even less in that even smaller percent of people that die in avis. So at least as I'm concerned I do everything not to get caught in avi and I do it same, as chances to die in avi would be 99.9%.
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