has formed part of the WSL (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research) since 1989, and thereby part of the ETH domain;
has been responsible for avalanche warnings in Switzerland since 1945, on behalf of the federal government;
has around 140 employees in total, active in the areas of natural sciences, engineering, technology (electronics, mechanics, informatics) and administration;
offers learning positions for around 25 doctoral students, 10 students and 4 trainees;
has a budget of around CHF 17 million (staff and material resources), of which over 50% from Federal funding for the WSL and the rest from project-related third-party funding;
records around 16 million page visits per year on their website www.slf.ch;
gives about 3000 visitors per year insight into the institute by means of tours and exhibitions;
is mentioned in around 2000 news items per year.