Articles | Volume 18, issue 2
Research article
22 Feb 2018
Research article |  | 22 Feb 2018

Spatial and temporal analysis of fatal off-piste and backcountry avalanche accidents in Austria with a comparison of results in Switzerland, France, Italy and the US

Christian Pfeifer, Peter Höller, and Achim Zeileis


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (04 May 2017) by Sven Fuchs
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (01 Sep 2017)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (03 Sep 2017) by Sven Fuchs
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (20 Sep 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (25 Oct 2017)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (20 Nov 2017) by Sven Fuchs
AR by Christian Pfeifer on behalf of the Authors (31 Dec 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (03 Jan 2018) by Sven Fuchs
Short summary
In this article we analyzed spatial and temporal patterns of fatal Austrian avalanche accidents caused by backcountry and off-piste skiers and snowboarders within the winter periods 1967/1968–2015/2016. As a result of the trend analysis, we noticed an increasing trend of backcountry and off-piste avalanche fatalities within the winter periods 1967/1968–2015/2016. As a result of the spatial analysis, we noticed two hot spots of avalanche fatalities (Arlberg–Silvretta and Sölden).
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