The Avalanche Debate!

After recent avalanches making headline news across Europe, should action be taken to prevent victims of these deadly and unpredictable natural phenomenons? Everyone has an opinion on avalanches, although most agree they can be controlled to a certain extent, or at least contained. Resort "blasting", barriers, avalanche training, terrain testing and all the kit (transceiver, probe, shovel, ABS bag) all help, you could say the only possible fatality by avalanche is bad luck. Those who do not understand winter sports or "mountain resort life" always look to criticise the safety of skiing and snowboarding when an avalanche occurs, with headlines such as "Skiing off-piste: why it's too dangerous

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