Articles | Volume 71, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-147-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-147-2016
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28 Jun 2016
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Avalanche fatalities in the European Alps: long-term trends and statistics

Frank Techel, Frédéric Jarry, Georg Kronthaler, Susanna Mitterer, Patrick Nairz, Miha Pavšek, Mauro Valt, and Gian Darms

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During the last 45 years, about 100 people lost their lives in avalanches in the European Alps each year. Avalanche fatalities in settlements and on transportation corridors have considerably decreased since the 1970s. In contrast, the number of avalanche fatalities during recreational activities away from avalanche-secured terrain doubled between the 1960s and 1980s and has remained relatively stable since, despite a continuing strong increase in winter backcountry recreational activities.