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Skiers warned: know your avalanche risk

Posted 17 January 2011
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Skiers warned: know your avalanche risk
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Those heading for the snow-clad mountains with their ski goggles on should be aware of the avalanche risk, it has been advised.

Writing in the Scotsman newspaper, Roger Cox noted the rising number of people enjoying winter sports means more are potentially exposed to such dangers, but said there are ways to reduce the risk, such as using the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) forecast.

He noted the words of Mark Diggins of SAIS, who stated 90 per cent of avalanches are started by people and advised avoiding convex slopes.

Mr Cox also noted people can now improve their avalanche skills at the new transceiver park at Glencoe Mountain ski centre, where buried transceivers can be found in the snow.

Something similar is planned for the Cairn Gorm resort next year, he added.

According to the latest SAIS forecast, there is a "considerable" chance of humans triggering an avalanche on the east side of Glencoe.