Some Facts about Avalanches
- Dry avalanches can reach speeds of 50 to 200 km/h
- Wet avalanches can reach speeds of 20 to 100 km/h
- Large avalanches are capable of destroying a
village or forest, although such avalanches are not
- Over 600 people have died in avalanches in Canada
since the 1800's.
- Since the 1930's, most of the people caught and
killed by avalanches in Canada have been
- From 1990 to 1999 in Canada, an average of 12.5
people per year died in avalanches.
- From 1990 to 1999 in the United states, an average
of 23 people per year died in avalanches.
- Most avalanches that catch recreationists are
triggered by the victim, or a member of the victim's
- Many recreational avalanche accidents occur when
the weather is fair.
- In western Canada only about 1 in 3000 potentially
destructive avalanches damages property or injures
people. Many occur naturally in remote areas with
few people and little developed property.