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High risk of avalanches at Easter. Skiers warned to be on the lookout. “We’re dreading the next few weeks this winter. It looks grim,” Ketil Brattlien, senior engineer at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) tells VG. Brattlien fears large quantities of unstable snow could easily cause an avalanche, and advises Easter powder snow skiers to take extreme care, and to invest in an avalanche transceiver, probe, and spade.

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High risk of avalanches at Easter

Published on Tuesday, 16th March, 2010 at 17:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Skiers warned to be on the lookout.

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Safety first

“We’re dreading the next few weeks this winter. It looks grim,” Ketil Brattlien, senior engineer at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) tells VG.

Brattlien fears large quantities of unstable snow could easily cause an avalanche, and advises Easter powder snow skiers to take extreme care, and to invest in an avalanche transceiver, probe, and spade.

“People buy 30,000 kroner’s worth of skiing gear, but drop the safety equipment. These don’t have to cost more than a couple of thousand,” he says.

Extreme sports

“We’ve seen an increasing number of people interested in steep skiing who buy better equipment,” Merete Haberstad, press contact at the Norwegian Trekking Association (Den Norske Turistforening/DNT) tells The Foreigner.

DNT runs avalanche courses throughout the winter for their members, but Haberstad goes on to say that there’s almost certainly no risk for slalom or cross-country skiers if they stick to the marked areas and pistes.

For some general advice as to how to reduce being caught up in an avalanche click here.



Published on Tuesday, 16th March, 2010 at 17:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: avalanche, snow, skiing, mountains, easter, norway, skiers, risk.





  
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