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Avalanche accident prevention


The majority of people that get caught up in avalanches are engaging in backcountry touring and off-piste activities. Many avalanche accidents can be prevented by good preparation, a correct assessment of the avalanche danger on the mountain, and behaviour appropriate to the prevailing conditions. But those entering the mountains should nonetheless receive training and practise emergency drills so that they are ready to respond to an avalanche burial. The primary goal, however, is to take preventive measures and thus avoid being caught up in an avalanche. After all, even the best avalanche rescue teams are unable to help every victim. Among other things, prevention entails

  • an awareness of the avalanche danger outside marked and open pistes,
  • obtaining information on the current avalanche danger,
  • recognising avalanche prone locations through the application of avalanche knowledge,
  • minimising personal risk by behaving appropriately in the given conditions.

Besides raising awareness and producing daily avalanche reports, the SLF seeks to disseminate avalanche knowledge through practical training and application aids. These include information sheets and the web-based, interactive avalanche prevention platform "white risk". Through our collaboration with various associations and institutions, which constitute the core avalanche education team, existing doctrines and avalanche training course documents are enhanced by new findings.

Avalanche prevention products

SLF-App White Risk White Risk – The app

By way of the avalanche bulletin and snow and weather data, the smartphone app gives you up-to-date information about the snow and avalanche situation in Switzerland. The Tour function provided by the app allows tour plans produced on the Web to be depicted on maps offline. The smartphone's GPS function shows the user's current location on the tour plan. The app also contains basic information enabling you to assess the avalanche danger.
Further information

White Risk White Risk - Web-based, interactive avalanche prevention platform

White Risk is a web-based, interactive avalanche prevention platform. It raises awareness of the avalanche danger that prevails outside marked and open pistes, offers a wealth of information on the subjects of avalanche science and avalanche prevention, contains a new tour planning tool, and is closely linked to the app of the same name. White Risk is published by Suva and the SLF with the support of the Swiss Red Cross.
Further information

achtung_lawinen_2016_e Caution - Avalanches!

(Edition 2016)

The leaflet „Caution - Avalanches!“ addresses itself to the independent backcountry skiers and snowboarders. It also serves as an education tool. DOWNLOAD pdf, ORDER