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Fatalities 2017/18

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.

Season 2017/18

Total Fatalities: 146

1died
Andorra
2021-06-11
10died
Austria
2022-05-13
0died
Cyprus
2020-11-30
0died
Czechia
2021-02-18
0died
Finland
2022-03-01
37died
France
2022-11-08
2died
Germany
2022-05-05
0died
Iceland
2022-11-07
44died
Italy
2022-05-26
0died
Liechtenstein
2022-02-07
6died
Norway
2022-04-28
0died
Poland
2022-02-22
7died
Romania
2022-06-10
5died
Slovakia
2022-11-08
1died
Slovenia
2021-06-17
3died
Spain
2022-04-06
27died
Switzerland
2022-04-20
0died
United Kingdom
2020-05-29

Number of people killed in an avalanche

Location Country Date Avalanche Problem 1 Avalanche Problem 2 Dead Group Size Type
Hohe Warte
Austria 2018-03-24 15:31:00
Persistent weak layer 1 10 Backcountry skiing
Hinterbergkofel
Austria 2018-03-18 11:00:00
Persistent weak layer Wind slab 1 16 Backcountry skiing
Hochkarspitze
Austria 2018-02-21 11:18:00
Persistent weak layer 1 3 Backcountry skiing
Kals - Matreier Törl
Austria 2018-01-05 12:45:00
Wind slab Persistent weak layer 2 2 Off-piste skiing
Velilltal
Austria 2018-01-04 13:45:00
Wind slab New snow 1 3 Off-piste skiing
Pezid
Austria 2017-12-13 12:20:00
Wind slab Persistent weak layer 1 3 Off-piste skiing
Geigelstein
Germany 2018-01-21 13:00:00
1 2 Backcountry skiing
Kehlstein
Germany 2017-11-19 12:30:00
1 1 Backcountry skiing
Gran Sasso - Pizzo Cefalone
Italy 2017-12-22 11:00:00
Wind slab Wind slab 1 2 Other
Malga San Valentino
Italy 2018-01-03 08:38:00
None None 2 2
Val gardena - val ciavel
Italy 2018-01-10 08:33:00
Wind slab Wind slab 1 1 Mountaineering/Climbing
Campo felice/Anfiteatro
Italy 2018-02-04 09:21:00
Wind slab Wind slab 2 3 Off-piste skiing
Valle Angrogna-Punta piattina
Italy 2018-02-12 13:01:00
Wind slab Wind slab 1 1 Off-piste skiing
val d\\\'angrogna-/punta piattina
Italy 2018-02-08 09:13:00
Wind slab Wind slab 1 1 Off-piste skiing
Valle Gesso-Cayre dell\\\' Agnel
Italy 2018-02-08 09:36:00
Wind slab Wind slab 1 1 Off-piste skiing
Monte grignetta
Italy 2018-02-16 09:41:00
Wind slab Wind slab 2 3 Mountaineering/Climbing
S.Domenico di Varzo
Italy 2018-03-07 07:47:00
Wind slab Wind slab 1 1 Off-piste skiing
Vallone dell\\\' Otro
Italy 2018-03-07 08:10:00
Wind slab Wind slab 1 Off-piste skiing
Val Badia
Italy 2018-03-12 09:16:00
Wind slab Wind slab 1 1 Off-piste skiing
Forcola
Italy 2018-03-19 09:38:00
New snow New snow 1 1 Off-piste skiing
Alpi Retiche-Gran Zebrù
Italy 2018-03-22 09:59:00
Wind slab Wind slab 3 3 Off-piste skiing
Piz Galin
Italy 2018-03-24 10:31:00
Wind slab Wind slab 1 1 Mountaineering/Climbing
Alpi Graie-Gran Paradiso-Colle Chamolè
Italy 2018-04-06 12:03:00
Wet snow Wet snow 2 4 Off-piste skiing
Pila-Col Chamolè
Italy 2018-04-07 12:07:00
Wet snow Wet snow 2 6 Off-piste skiing
Bienno-Lavena
Italy 2018-04-13 09:23:00
Wet snow Wind slab 1 1 Other
Val Lavenna-Passo Crocedomini
Italy 2018-04-15 09:30:00
New snow Wet snow 1 1 Off-piste skiing

Switzerland 2018-07-01 00:00:00
1 Controlled

Switzerland 2018-07-01 00:00:00
26 Uncontrolled
Val d\\\'Aran
Spain 2018-03-22 11:00:00
Wind slab 2 3 Backcountry skiing
Formigal
Spain 2018-02-28 06:16:00
1 Off-piste skiing
Gran Sasso / Pizzo Cefalone
Italy 2017-12-22 10:45:00
1 1 Other
Malga San Valentino
Italy 2018-01-03 11:48:00
2 2 Off-piste skiing
Val Gardena Zona Val di Ciavei
Italy 2018-01-24 11:59:00
1 1 Mountaineering/Climbing
Val d Angrogna / Punta Piattina
Italy 2018-02-13 12:12:00
1 1 Off-piste skiing
Campo Felice / Anfiteatro
Italy 2018-02-04 12:49:00
2 3 Off-piste skiing
Valle Gesso / Cayre dell\\\'Agnel
Italy 2018-02-15 08:14:00
1 1 Off-piste skiing
Monte Grignetta
2018-02-16 08:29:00
2 3 Mountaineering/Climbing
Alpi Graie / Loc. Pian Benot
Italy 2018-03-04 08:36:00
1 1 Off-piste skiing
Val Badia
Italy 2018-03-14 08:49:00
1 1 On skiruns
Forcola
Italy 2018-03-19 09:05:00
1 1 On skiruns
Alpi Retiche / Gran Zebrù
Italy 2018-03-22 09:16:00
3 3 Off-piste skiing
Piz Galin
Italy 2018-03-24 09:30:00
1 1 Off-piste skiing
Alpi Graie / Alpi del Gran Paradiso / Colle di Chamolè
Italy 2018-04-06 09:33:00
2 4 Off-piste skiing
Val Lavenna / Passo Crocedomini
Italy 2018-04-15 09:53:00
1 1 Off-piste skiing

France 2018-07-01 00:00:00
37 Other
Vergaldatal - Kengel
Austria 2017-11-16 14:45:00
Gliding snow 1 1 Travelling on road

Slovakia 2018-07-01 00:00:00
5 Uncontrolled
Alpi Piemontesi/S.Domenico di Varzo
Italy 2018-03-04 09:42:00
Wind slab Wind slab 1 1 Off-piste skiing
Călimani Mt
Romania 2017-12-01 14:00:00
1 3 Other
Parâng Mt.
Romania 2017-12-01 12:00:00
1 3 Other
Vrancei Mt, Cheile Tișiței
Romania 2018-03-03 11:40:00
1 30 Travelling on road
Făgăraș Mt, Sâmbăta Valley
Romania 2018-04-01 00:00:00
3 3 Other
Coștilei Valley, Bucegi Mt.
Romania 2018-01-13 12:06:00
Wind slab New snow 1 5 Other
Kildalen
Norway 2018-03-29 18:00:00
Persistent weak layer New snow 1 1 Snowmobiling
Sydalsfjellet
Norway 2018-04-01 16:55:00
New snow Persistent weak layer 1 2 Backcountry skiing
Russelvfjellet
Norway 2018-04-12 15:00:00
Wind slab Wet snow 1 5 Backcountry skiing
Baser Negre
Andorra 2018-03-01 11:00:00
Wind slab Wet snow 1 2 Off-piste skiing
Mrzla gora
Slovenia 2018-03-25 13:44:00
1 2 Mountaineering/Climbing

Norway 2018-07-01 00:00:00
3 Uncontrolled
Gamsspitzl Obertauern
2017-12-29 13:45:00
Wind slab 1 3 Off-piste skiing
Eisarena Anlauftal
Austria 2017-12-10 09:00:00
1 2 Mountaineering/Climbing
Hohes Brett
Austria 2018-03-24 14:00:00
1 1 Backcountry skiing