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Freeriders Urged To Stick To Marked Zones


(MENAFN- Swissinfo) An avalanche course in Klosters, eastern Switzerland © Keystone / Christian Beutler

The number of fatal accidents while freeriding – skiing off-piste – doubled last year compared with the average of previous years. To reduce the risk when skiing in deep snow, the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention recommends using marked freeride zones.

This content was published on December 6, 2022 - 17:57 December 6, 2022 - 17:57 Keystone-SDA/ts

With the freeride boom, the number of fatal accidents while skiing and snowboarding off-piste has also increased, the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention said in a statementexternal link on Tuesday. For the five years from 2017-2021, an average of ten freeriders died a year; in 2021 the number of fatalities doubled to 20, the council wrote.

Freeriding has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. More and more winter sports enthusiasts are moving away from the marked slopes. One reason for the increase in fatal accidents may also have been the unfavourable snow cover build-up in recent winters and the associated avalanche danger.

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