The dictionary definition of an avalanche is “a mass of snow, ice and rocks falling rapidly down a mountainside”. These avalanches can be created by a variety of things including earthquakes, freak weather events such as flooding or snow storm or even changes in the formation of the snow due to the sun melting the ice and snow.
Are avalanches common in the UK?
Luckily, as the UK doesn’t have a lot of mountainous areas, avalanches are not common in the UK. However, in certain other parts of the world avalanches are a lot more common so you not only need to know what places are susceptible to avalanches but what to do if you’re stuck in one during your skiing holiday.
Where are avalanches common?
One of the most common areas for avalanches to occur is America. According to the US Forest Service Avalanche Centre over 2,000 avalanches are reported each year. These are usually triggered on steep slopes that are open to the elements.
So, if you are out on the snowy slopes between January and March you need to take precautions in order to avoid having to make a travel accident compensation claim.
How to stay safe whilst on the slopes
If you reach the slopes and it is either very steep or looks like it is breaking up or has recently experienced an avalanche you should try and avoid this area to help prevent a travel injury. As well as this, ensure you go out in groups and never ski or snowboard alone.
Finally, in areas where avalanches are more common check the forecast before heading to the slopes as a heavy snow storm is not only dangerous for you due to visibility restrictions but could also activate a nasty avalanche. It’s vitally important that you’re aware of the conditions if you’re in a region where avalanches are common.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown