The Sunday Post (Inverness)

Avalanche alerts start

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The country’s vital winter avalanche service for walkers and climbers is to start this week.

The Scottish Avalanche Informatio­n Service (SAIS) said 20 people in total were caught up in humantrigg­ered snow slides last winter, but with no fatalities They had “very lucky escapes” after being caught in avalanches.

SAIS assesses avalanche hazards and provides daily informatio­n on the stability of snow in Scotland’s six mountain areas.

Its report said: “Some avalanche occurrence­s were minor, in that small releases occurred, but others were more significan­t and resulted in people being carried down by the avalanche, some with very lucky escapes.”

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