Well written article about the risks of Avalanches and survival with the latest gear.

If you don’t know your gear, know when to deploy or use it and can do it no matter what, your chances are not awful in surviving an avalanche. 

This article looks at the risks of avalanches and how professional in the ski industry look at them. The article is filled with great quotes that anyone thinking about skiing out of bounds should know.

Alain Duclos, avalanche expert with the Chambery court in the French Savoie comments “there is a belief that we can predict avalanches. It is not true! We can simply predict the conditions that favour their release. There is a big difference.”

American avalanche expert Bruce Tremper argues that “avalanche beacons have probably killed more people than they have saved.”

A non-ABS victim who manages to release his skis will find it easier to get out of the moving snow (skiers and boarders really need to use releasable bindings in avalanche terrain).

The analysis of using an airbag system, Avalung® and/or beacon is worth the read alone.

Are your chances greater with an ABS or airbag? Yes, but only if you know when and how to use them.

Read! Avalanche airbags, training and risk homeostasis.

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