French Avalanche Analysis 05/06

Read this analysis of French avalanche accident data from last season posted by Pistehors. Sadly it concludes that there were double the number of accidents last year compared to the long term trend but does not cite change in usage or behaviour as the main reason but a winter of unstable snow conditions. It is worth remebering that local weather and snow condition history is a great indicator of avalanche risk. If you are new to an area be careful not to charge where locals fear to tread. Take it easy and talk to the locals.

There is also a great helmet cam video of an avalanche with this post