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Increased ava­lan­che risk

Increased amounts of snow­fall have lead to a signi­fi­cant­ly increased ava­lan­che risk ever­y­whe­re on slo­ping ter­rain in Spits­ber­gen. Whilst the snow mobi­le sea­son is in full swing, the SAR-team of Sys­sel­man­nen and local Red Cross need to go out regu­lar­ly to res­cue peo­p­le from ava­lan­che are­as. For one per­son in March, all help came too late: a local per­son could only be found dead under the snow mas­ses. In ano­ther ran­ge of inci­dents, peo­p­le got away with the shock. Gre­at care needs to be taken during any win­ter tra­vel in Spits­ber­gen.

The ava­lan­che risk is signi­fi­cant­ly lar­ger than it has been in the past. This is due to increased snow­fall and thus to chan­ging wea­ther pat­terns.

Beau­tiful, but poten­ti­al­ly dan­ge­rous: win­ter in Spits­ber­gen.

Increased avalanche risk

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

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