As we had just decided yesterday to visit Andermatt as my exit skiing trip upcoming weekend, the images of a super scary avalanche going over the pistes is taking over the news today here in Central Switzerland. As you can see several people are dragged in the snowbrett, but luckily lots also managed to escape. Two people have been found with minor injuries (thank god) and the search for potential people under the snow is on.
Now mostly what you hear on avalanches is that they are caused by people who are skiing outside the the normal routes. Every day the teams in the mountains check the snowconditions and also preventively trigger avalanches so these kinds of things do not happen. Nobody knows on what triggered this snowslide, if it was a human, an animal or just the general conditions.
It has been snowing a lot in the Alps this week, but I would have thought the snowpack was more stable. Although it was windy over the last couple of days, this might have accumulated large packs which then spontaneously start to slide for no reason.