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100 people die at average each year in Europe

100 people die at average each year in Europe

Posted by Simon Tjernström

2019-10-18 12:55

Europe far exceeds the US in deaths of avalanches with an average of a 100 deaths each year.

The numbers come from European Avalanche Warning Services (EAWS) and the numbers are based on reports from their members and partners. They start recording the number of fatalities from 1st October each year.

Avalache Fatalities per country.pngThat's close to four times more than the US which averages 27 fatalities per year.

The country with the most avalanche-related deaths 2018/2019 is Austria with as much as 24 people passing away.

US Avalanche Fatalities 50-18.jpgThe US curve since the 50's is quite interesting. Increasing since the 50s with a clear rise which correlates with the growing interest of freeskiing. But the positive thing is it's decreasing since 2011. The numbers are provided by Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Can it be due to growing sales of avalanche gear?