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Avalanche experts stress importance of staying on pistes

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Jan. 17, 2019

Experts at the Snow and Avalanche Research Centre in Davos say they can’t stress enough how important it is to stay on the pistes over the next few days.

Pixabay Avalanche experts stress importance of staying on pistes

The danger is considerable says Thomas Stucki from the centre. He believes there have been thousands of avalanches over the last few days. This week alone 14 people have been caught up – and one has died. They all have the same thing in common – they were off-piste.

He says it’s impossible to judge the situation with the naked eye.

But if you must go off-piste, be equipped. You should have a probe, shovel, radio tracker and an airbag with you. And even then, avoid slopes with a greater angle of 30 degrees.

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