Hautes-Pyrénées, France

By February 16, 2018 No Comments

3 men were found dead in avalanche debris on Thursday in Hautes-Pyrénées. The avalanche had struck the day before at Cauterets station. They went off-piste despite a very bad weather.

Avalanche risk had gone up in the area due to warmer temperatures and rain. Another man died on Wednesday just 30 kilometers away.

Bad Weather

It is easy to become disorientated in bad weather in the mountains. Also, rescue operations can be hindered.

Rain can increase avalanche danger

Precipitation, both rain and snow, forms and changes the snowpack throughout the winter and has a direct influence on the avalanche danger.