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Avalanche - what to do? How to behave correctly in and during an avalanche

  • Try to stay on your feet and steer sideways out of the avalanche.
  • If there is no chance of escape (which is usually the case), part with your skis and ski poles in good time. Boards and sticks not only increase the risk of injury but also the risk of being buried deeper.
  • Dropping the sticks has priority! If you put your hands in the loops, the following safety measures are probably not feasible.
  • If necessary, operate the equipment (avalanche airbag, AvaLung vest) and try to keep yourself on the surface of the avalanche with swimming movements.
  • Use your hands to create a cavity in front of your mouth and nose before the compacted snow comes to a standstill and you have no more freedom of movement. In addition, you should try to take a crouched position: arms in front of your chest, hands as a breathing cavity in front of your mouth and nose.

Those who have been completely buried rarely have the opportunity to free themselves. The snow is too dense for that and the freedom of movement too little. It does not matter whether you are 20 centimeters or 2 meters below the surface. (By the way, the average is 70 to 80 cm.)

However, the depth can be of decisive importance for the helpers. Important: The rescue measures must begin immediately, because every second counts.

Anyone observing the avalanche from a distance should try to keep an eye on those affected and their final position. Exact knowledge of the situation is the most important prerequisite for a timely recovery. This observation can save lives, especially if no avalanche ball marks the position of the person concerned.