Tips to prevent the danger of avalanches or avalanches

November 08, 2016

Tips to prevent the danger of avalanches or avalanches

It is normal that after a great snowfall we, lovers of winter sports, look at the mountain with a desire for action. But today we want to remind you of the danger that these accumulations of snow pose for skiers or snowboarders and also give you some tips to prevent the danger of avalanches or avalanches. We don't need to tell you how dangerous these natural phenomena are. Be careful and always keep these tips in mind.

Avalanches

You must know well the types of avalanches or avalanches possible

Basically there are three types:

    • Powder snow

They start spontaneously when the side of a mountain can no longer support so much powder snow. Especially they can be unleashed during the 24 hours after a snowfall.

    • Plate avalanches

The most unpredictable type of avalanche. Snow layers that rest on top of each other break off and slide on top of them. They are produced by the wind or also by excess snow load. They are very dangerous.

    • Melting avalanches

Composed of wet snow they occur during seasonal changes due to temperature increases or rainfall. They are the most predictable avalanches: they always occur in the same places for the same weather conditions.

Learn the European avalanche or avalanche risk scale

There are five levels of avalanche risk according to a European scale that you should know. Learn it because you can avoid unnecessary problems and dangerous situations.
Avalanche Type Scale

Study the terrain in which you are going to practice

You must know well the terrain in which you plan to move. Look for areas where you know that under the snow there are trees, rocks and other elements of the terrain that hold the snow well. Also, many avalanches always occur in the same places, learn to avoid them.

Equipment needed

We recommend that you always carry a basic rescue equipment consisting of an ARVA, a shovel and a probe. The ARVA is a device that should always go with you, a receiver / transmitter that emits a frequency signal to be able to locate you if you find yourself buried in the snow. The probe reports how deep the victim is. In the event of an avalanche, you will know where to dig.

Always go together

Go accompanied and keep your distanceThus, the same avalanche will not bury the entire team and the rest will be able to react.


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