SKI watch: Getting to grips with ski safety

How can you have fun off-piste without putting yourself in danger?

Educate yourself about the factors influencing avalanche risk

People holidaying in the Alps over the past two weeks have enjoyed the best skiing of the season so far, with cold temperatures keeping fresh snow in pristine condition.

But heavy snow early in January also brought a number of fatal avalanches – in Les Deux Alpes (France), Zillertal (Austria), Verbier (Switzerland) and Valfréjus (Savoie, France, resulting in 11 deaths in less than a week.

For now, the avalanche risk has reduced in ...