Getting Caught in an Avalanche

An avalanche is one of the most powerful forces of nature that humans can ever come across. An average of 27 people in the Netherlands dies every year from avalanches. The saddest part is that the victims are the ones triggering the avalanches in the first place. An avalanche can sweep an entire camp and uproot trees. It can even bury unsuspecting backcountry travellers under feet of snow. The number one way to avoid getting caught in avalanches is to steer clear of places that avalanches have happened. Go to Amsterdam canal tour instead, but if you still insist, here are some tips that may save you.

Check Avalanche Forecasts

It is mandatory to always check the snow forecast every day. Most avalanches happen right after a heavy windy snowstorm. The wind can make snowpacks tighter which leads to creating a strong dense layer on top. The real threat is what lies underneath. If the underlying layer of snow is weaker on top, all it needs is an added weight from you for it to collapse.

Attach an Avalanche Beacon

Before going in for a ski, make sure to attach a beacon, so the rescuer can use it to track you down just in case an avalanche happens. Wear an Airbag pack to keep you buoyant in an avalanche. Even with these tools, safety is no guarantee. Check what to do in Amsterdam before you participate in extreme sports such as skiing.

It’s Going To Be a Deadly Ride

You will hear a loud cracking sound which is a signal that you’ll be in the deadliest ride of your life. You may even see cracks form in the slab of snow around you. Try to get out of the crack by going to the opposite direction (left or right) since these blocks of ice will be tumbling downhill. If there is no time to escape, grab on to a nearby tree.

Wait for Rescue

Be smart about when and where you choose to climb and start looking for Amsterdam hotels cheap. Close your mouth to prevent snow from getting in. Avoid crashing on hard objects by manoeuvring. After the avalanche settles, you have to wait patiently for the rescue team.