Know off-piste dangers

Avalanches can be devastating but there are skills you can learn to deal with the aftermath, writes Catherine Murphy.

20th October, 2007

Avalanches can be devastating but there are skills you can learn to deal with the aftermath, writes Catherine Murphy.

More skiers are venturing off-piste on ski holidays, often without basic knowledge of the mountains or an understanding of the influence of weather on avalanche risks.

Often, a skier in a group encourages friends to go ‘‘under the rope’’ into an area that’s not pisted or patrolled. Skiers see someone else’s tracks and think it means...

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