Overview: Fatalities

   

Overview: Recreational avalanche fatalities

The following list provides a brief overview of all recreational avalanche fatalities from the winters 1997 to 2007. Click on the icons for more detailed information.

  • 88% of the victims were male.
  • While the most common age group was 20 to 29 years, the age of victims ranges considerably among the different backcountry activities.
  • Two-thirds of the victims were from Canada; the majority of them from BC and Alberta.
  • One-third of the avalanche victims did not carry an avalanche transceiver. This percentage varies dramatically among the different backcountry activities.
  • 86% of the victims were completely buried or had their breathing impaired when the avalanche stopped.
  • 66% of the completely buried fatalities were found using an avalanche transceiver.
  • The median burial depth of completely or partially buried avalanche fatalities with breathing impaired was 150 cm.
  • The median burial time of the completely or partially buried avalanche fatalities was 40 minutes.
  • 74% died of asphyxia; 26% succumbed to severe traumatic injuries.
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