Fatalities

Snow avalanches claim an average of 100 lives in Europe every year. The common goal of all European Avalanche Warning Services is to reduce the loss of lives and damages due to avalanches by providing the society with efficient and effective avalanche forecasting and warning services.

We start recording the number of fatalities on 1 October every year. The figures are based on reports received from EAWS members and their partners. Please let us know if there is any missing data and errors, by sending an e-mail to us.

2020/212019/202018/192017/18

Season 2019/20

Number of people killed in an avalanche:

Total Fatalities: 63

0

died

Andorra

13

died

Austria

0

died

Czech Rep.

0

died

Finland

22

died

0

died

1

died

Iceland

13

died

3

died

0

died

Poland

1

died

Romania

0

died

Slovenia

1

died

Slovakia

1

died

Spain

7

died

1

died

UK

LocationCountryDateAvalanche Problem 1Avalanche Problem 2Forecasted Regional Danger LevelDeadGroup SizeAvalanche CommentIncident CommentType
3RettenbachfernerAustria2019-11-09 12:06:00Persistent weak layerWind-drifted snow23nullnullOff-piste skiing
196Valle di Champorcher - sotto linea impianto Cimetta RossaItaly2019-11-24 08:46:00Wet snowWet snow411nullnullOff-piste skiing
85Punta HelbronnerItaly2019-11-30 11:00:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow322nullnullOff-piste skiing
74Školský žlab, ChopokSlovakia2019-12-14 10:55:00Wind-drifted snow212"1 injured - broken thigh-bone"Off-piste skiing
181VarsFrance2019-12-14 16:30:00Wind-drifted snowNew snow413"partly soft slab, partly hard slab""They were skiing one by one. Height of the avalanche deposit : 2,50 to 3m. Victim found by the ski-patrollers after 30 minutes ; died in the hospital due to wounds. Very strong NW wind on recent snow at the moment of the accident."Off-piste skiing
95punta Fontana fredda- Valtournanche- CheneilItaly2019-12-15 09:22:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow311nullnullOff-piste skiing
93Val Sesia - Passo della CiveraItaly2019-12-15 10:02:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow414nullnullOff-piste skiing
69Engelberg, LaubSwitzerland2019-12-15 10:30:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer312Off-piste skiing
94Alpe di Siusi - HundskopfItaly2019-12-15 11:00:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow214nullnullOther
121Hoher Ifen, Ifenmulde, KleinwalsertalAustria2019-12-15 11:30:00Wind-drifted snow312nullnullBackcountry skiing
96Solda-SchotnaufpisteItaly2019-12-24 10:24:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow311Off-piste skiing
70Piz NairSwitzerland2019-12-26 11:00:00Wind-drifted snow314"Avalanche released in persistent weak layer"Off-piste skiing
97SenalesItaly2019-12-28 10:27:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow336nullnullOff-piste skiing
71Lauchernalp, StieltihornSwitzerland2019-12-28 11:20:00New snow312Backcountry skiing
98dolomiti di brenta vedretta superiore-scivolo ovest (vallone Massari)Italy2019-12-29 11:29:00Gliding snowWind-drifted snow312nullnullAlpinist
4GamskarspitzeAustria2019-12-31 13:30:00Persistent weak layer214nullnullAlpinist
182Revel.France2020-01-02 00:00:00Wind-drifted snow222"Very steep couloir""1 was dead when the recue team arrived ; the other one died 10 days later.They have been taken by the avalanche for 400m"Backcountry skiing
188ValmeinierFrance2020-01-24 12:45:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer216"Hard slab""Guided by a ski instructor. Victim buried under 1m snow height."Backcountry skiing
183Les HouchesFrance2020-01-29 11:30:00New snowWind-drifted snow416"Soft slab (Volumic mass : 70kg/m3).""6 skiers including a professional ski instructor, that is the one that was buried. Was alived after reanimation when found in serious conditions; perished the day after at hospital"Off-piste skiing
110MosgardshnjukarIceland2020-01-29 12:45:00Wind-drifted snow213"running water in the gully"nullBackcountry skiing
184La toussuireFrance2020-01-30 16:00:00Wind-drifted snowWet snow323"Release type : trigerred by the recreationnists themselves"nullOff-piste skiing
5NeunerkogelAustria2020-01-31 13:46:00Persistent weak layerWind-drifted snow311"Channeled avalanche, steep terrain""recovered alive, died in hospital several days later."Backcountry skiing
6MurkarspitzeAustria2020-02-09 11:40:00Persistent weak layer218nullnullBackcountry skiing
72RossbodenpassSwitzerland2020-02-13 12:30:00Wind-drifted snow226Backcountry skiing
26FridtjofbreenNorway2020-02-20 12:00:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer2210"test""Group size is unknown"Snowmobiling
75Aonach Mor nr Ben NevisUnited Kingdom2020-02-28 15:00:00Wind-drifted snow412null"2 persons carried in avalanche, 1 person buried, 1 injured but alerted rescue. Poor weather conditions and visibility"Alpinist
185VallorcineFrance2020-03-01 12:00:00Wind-drifted snow313"(very) Soft slab. Small width and thickness"nullOff-piste skiing
81Cap de VaquèiraSpain2020-03-03 14:30:00Wind-drifted snowNew snow314"Terrain trap with cliffs""Group of 4 snowboarders walking up the hill. 2 people dragged."Off-piste skiing
186La PlagneFrance2020-03-06 12:30:00Wet snowNew snow413"Semi-soft slab"nullOff-piste skiing
1568ȘerbotaRomania2020-03-06 13:00:00New snow3111null"11 tourists from Austria"Backcountry skiing
120Göller, EisgrubeAustria2020-03-07 12:00:00Wind-drifted snow211nullnullOff-piste skiing
119HallstattAustria2020-03-08 09:15:00Wind-drifted snow355null"snow shoes"Other
112Lammereis - KleinglocknerkeesAustria2020-03-08 11:30:00Wind-drifted snow211nullnullAlpinist
187BarègesFrance2020-03-15 13:00:00Wet snow227"Hard Slab (big and thick)"nullBackcountry skiing
86StrahleggpassSwitzerland2020-05-07 12:15:0012Backcountry skiing
149Mont BrûléSwitzerland2020-05-08 12:00:001nullnullnull
87Tofana di Rozes - rifugio GiussaniItaly2020-05-09 09:30:00Wet snowWet snow212nullnullOff-piste skiing
108Pizzo del Diavolo/Canalone della MalginaItaly2020-05-12 10:15:00Wet snowNew snow211nullnullOff-piste skiing
180GråfonnfjelletNorway2020-05-24 12:00:00Wet snowGliding snow21nullnullnull
1874France2020-07-01 00:00:0011nullnullnullOther
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