The five avalanche problems of the European Avalanche Warning Services represent five typical situations that can be encountered in the winter backcountry. Avalanche problems aim to support both recreationists and professionals in their evaluation of the avalanche danger.
© Jostein Aasen
The European Avalanche Warning Services distinguish 5 avalanche size classes according to their destructive potential, run out lengths and dimensions. How big can an avalanche get?
© LWD Tirol | EAWS
The avalanche bulletins published by the European Avalanche Warning Services are uniformly structured along the so-called information pyramid. The most generalized information forms the top of the pyramid, the information content and level of detail increases towards the bottom.
© Siegfried Kistl | EAWS
© Ragnar Ekker, The Norwegian Avalanche Warning Service | EAWS
Avalanche Danger Scale
In 1993, the European Avalanche Warning Services agreed on a common five-level avalanche danger scale, this was an important milestone in the history of the EAWS. The five danger levels were later introduced worldwide and today form the standard reference of modern avalanche forecasting.
© regobs.no, The Norwegian Avalanche Warning Service | EAWS