Karl Birkeland recently reviewed all of the avalanche fatalities in the US for the last 20 seasons. This review led Karl to conclude that the avalanche fatality trend has been flat for the last 22 years.
To quote Karl, “Would it surprise you if I told you that since that 1994/95 winter the annual number of U.S. avalanche fatalities has not increased? That’s right, for the past 22 seasons as we’ve transitioned to smart phones, social media, lightweight AT gear, powerful snowmobiles, and a literal explosion in backcountry use, the number of seasonal U.S. avalanche fatalities have remained steady.”
Curious about what else he found? Check out the article here:
Beginning in 2017/18, the avalanche education industry as a whole split the education track into a professional education track and