Sunday, February 15, 2009

Italy make avalanche safety gear mandatory

Italy make avalanche safety gear mandatory: Italy has decided to make avalanche safety gear (avalanche beacon, shovel and probe) mandatory for all winter sports enthusiasts heading out of marked and secured ski runs. The law will also apply to off piste skiers. (Via PisteHors.)

This is pure safety theater (by analogy with the TSA's security theater). Carrying avy gear without practicing is pretty useless. I just did a few search drills with multiple deep targets in the beacon basin at Sol Mountain. I was humbled to miss in my first fine search by 50 cm or so for a target 180 cm deep because I hurried too much, even though I have done quite a few similar drills before where I nailed the target, and I did fine on later drills.

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