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Recent avalanche accidents, Are the victims unlucky? Or were the accidents predictable?

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Webinar 1730 GMT Wednesday 27th January

Pictured here is the slide path of a large avalanche that struck near Verbier, Switzerland, this winter. | Photo courtesy Swissinfo.ch

There have been quite a few fatal avalanche accidents in the alps this season despite the restrictions (or maybe because of the restrictions). In the aftermath of these tragic events. The victims are often referred to as “unlucky”. Yet many of the victims are also very experienced guides or off-piste enthusiasts with a lot of training. Should they have known better?

In this webinar, we will meet with Henry Schniewind and Rob Stewart to discuss the recent events and what we can learn from them. Register to join webinar click here. Webinar is 1730 GMT Wednesday 27th January

In particular, we will explore how the familiarity heuristic can lead us to misjudge the risks. Henry wrote about this here
https://henrysavalanchetalk.com/we-trust-our-intuitions-even-when-they-are-wrong/

We will also get an update on current conditions and the likely risks given there is a lot of snow in the forecast.

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