Series on Outdoor.De: Powder alarm No Avalanche Death

Due to the increased avalanche accidents in the past few weeks, the editorial staff of the information portal Outdoor.de has treated the subject of avalanches, avalanche equipment, and proper behavior away from the slopes in the series ‘Powderalarm without avalanche death’.

Outdoor.de series: experts teach about avalanches, avalanche equipment, and how to act off the slopes

Now begins the season for skiers and freeriders. Outdoor.de answers questions about the subject of avalanches, avalanche equipment, and proper behavior away from the slopes in a six-part series together with the mountain guide Dieter Stopper and sport scientist Dr. Tobias Bach.

There are 109 fatal avalanche accidents in the Alps on an annual average. A frightening number, because every death is tragic – and often in debt. 109 dead are also an encouraging number, because the number of avalanche fatalities has remained about the same since the 60s. And, although the number of winter athletes, moving away from secured slopes, has multiplied in recent years. The German Alpine Association estimates that there are throughout Europe are currently more than 2 million ski tourers added several freeriders.

90 percent of avalanche victims set off the avalanche themselves. Five percent are covered by an avalanche , which triggered other snow athletes above of them, and only five percent die in avalanches, which have no human fault. Long term observations of the Swiss Institute for snow and Avalanche research have shown that there is more avalanche accidents as in snowy winters in winters with little snow contrary to popular belief. The reason: A thin blanket of snow is common due to the weight of the winter athlete more prone to errors. Raised breaks in the snow propagate into a drifted areas where lots of snow-bound lies also in relative poverty of snow, to dissolve as a snow board. A risk that is difficult to see especially for the uninitiated. The winter 2009/2010 is – at least in large parts of the Alps – so far rather snow-poor. Powderjunkie be careful according to computerminus!

Outdoor.de therefore makes avalanches on the subject of a six-part series. It concerns the question: How can I deal conscientiously and appropriately with the avalanche? How can I protect myself against avalanches and what can I do in any case.

  1. In the 1st part of the series, a view is placed on the necessary equipment. (Emergency equipment from Avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel)
  2. In part 2 of different specifications are presented devices and explains what must be observed at the time of purchase. (Which LVS? ))
  3. The 3rd part explains how avalanche works and be read. (Avoid avalanches)
  4. Part 4 examines and evaluates additional technical equipment. (What can airbag & co.? ))
  5. The 5th part introduces strategies for decisions and planning from freeride excursions and ski tours. (Strategies for real decisions)
  6. Part 6 is about social risk management, in which the group as a source of danger in the foreground stands. (Social risk management)

The series is now complete with the publication of the last part.

The authors of the articles are experts in:

  • Dieter Stopper, mountain guide and publicly appointed expert for mountain – climbing and avalanche accidents of the Government of Upper Bavaria. Stopper headed for seven years, the safety research of the German Alpine Club.
  • Dr. Tobias Bach, sports scientists at the sport University Cologne and mountain guide aspirants. Dr. Tobias Bach is employees in the safety research of the German Alpine Club.