Is the pandemic to blame for Switzerland’s spate of avalanche deaths?

Is the pandemic to blame for Switzerland’s spate of avalanche deaths?

The death of an Irishman and a British national has brought the number of people killed in avalanches in Switzerland this winter to 14 - almost a record toll for the last two decades. But is the impact of the pandemic behind the high number of fatalities?

Who were the British and Irish residents killed in Swiss avalanches?

Who were the British and Irish residents killed in Swiss avalanches?

Coronavirus: 5,000 in quarantine after Swiss ski holiday

Coronavirus: 5,000 in quarantine after Swiss ski holiday

EXPLAINED: What are the Covid-19 rules for skiing in Switzerland this winter?

EXPLAINED: What are the Covid-19 rules for skiing in Switzerland this winter?

Swiss police open investigation into Brits who fled ski quarantine

Swiss police open investigation into Brits who fled ski quarantine

MAPS: Which Swiss ski regions are open?

MAPS: Which Swiss ski regions are open?

Switzerland: Glarus and Appenzeller Innerrhoden to open ski slopes on Wednesday

Switzerland: Glarus and Appenzeller Innerrhoden to open ski slopes on Wednesday

EXPLAINED: What you are still allowed to do in Switzerland this Christmas
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EXPLAINED: What you are still allowed to do in Switzerland this Christmas

UPDATE: Where in Europe will it be possible to go skiing this year?
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UPDATE: Where in Europe will it be possible to go skiing this year?

Skiing: Photo of crowds queuing at Swiss ski lift sparks outrage

Skiing: Photo of crowds queuing at Swiss ski lift sparks outrage

Switzerland gives green light to Christmas skiing

Switzerland gives green light to Christmas skiing

‘Not another Ischgl’: Switzerland unveils plans to make ski slopes safer this winter

‘Not another Ischgl’: Switzerland unveils plans to make ski slopes safer this winter

UPDATE: French skiers to be banned from hitting Swiss slopes

UPDATE: French skiers to be banned from hitting Swiss slopes

Border checks and quarantine: France lays out measures to stop French hitting ski slopes abroad

Border checks and quarantine: France lays out measures to stop French hitting ski slopes abroad

Everything that changes in Switzerland in December 2020
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Everything that changes in Switzerland in December 2020

Which ski resorts are open in Switzerland and which are expected to open soon?

Which ski resorts are open in Switzerland and which are expected to open soon?

’The Swiss way is right’: Switzerland defends decision to keep ski resorts open

’The Swiss way is right’: Switzerland defends decision to keep ski resorts open

Can Switzerland still save its ski season?

Can Switzerland still save its ski season?

IN PICTURES: Swiss hit the slopes ‘to save ski season’

IN PICTURES: Swiss hit the slopes ‘to save ski season’

Six rescued from Swiss Alps after Boxing Day avalanche

Six rescued from Swiss Alps after Boxing Day avalanche

People suspected buried in avalanche at popular Swiss ski resort

People suspected buried in avalanche at popular Swiss ski resort

American skier dies in accident in Swiss canton of Valais

American skier dies in accident in Swiss canton of Valais

Swiss win team event at World Ski Championships

Swiss win team event at World Ski Championships

Peak luxury: Switzerland’s most idyllic ski hotels

Peak luxury: Switzerland’s most idyllic ski hotels

Switzerland to give away 12,000 six-day ski passes for kids

Switzerland to give away 12,000 six-day ski passes for kids

Four skiers die after being caught in Swiss Alps storm

Four skiers die after being caught in Swiss Alps storm

German billionaire vanishes on Swiss Alps skiing trip

German billionaire vanishes on Swiss Alps skiing trip

Shock as Crans-Montana ski lifts shut down indefinitely

Shock as Crans-Montana ski lifts shut down indefinitely

WATCH: Swiss freerider takes 17-month-old son for off-piste spin

WATCH: Swiss freerider takes 17-month-old son for off-piste spin

Swiss Michelle Gisin takes gold in Olympic alpine combined

Swiss Michelle Gisin takes gold in Olympic alpine combined

WATCH: Swiss skier Joel Gisler in frightening halfpipe fall

WATCH: Swiss skier Joel Gisler in frightening halfpipe fall

Lara Gut sweeps to World Cup victory in windy Italy

Lara Gut sweeps to World Cup victory in windy Italy

Updated: One dead as avalanche sweeps away skiers in Valais

Updated: One dead as avalanche sweeps away skiers in Valais

Swiss alpine skiing events to go ahead despite mudslide

Swiss alpine skiing events to go ahead despite mudslide

Off-piste skier killed by avalanche in Valais

Off-piste skier killed by avalanche in Valais

Swiss study: snow to largely disappear from Alps by 2100

Swiss study: snow to largely disappear from Alps by 2100

In pictures: heavy snow (finally!) comes to Switzerland

In pictures: heavy snow (finally!) comes to Switzerland

Kristoffersen wins slalom in wintry Wengen

Kristoffersen wins slalom in wintry Wengen

Heavy snowfall nixes skiing World Cup in Switzerland

Heavy snowfall nixes skiing World Cup in Switzerland

Norway’s Kristoffersen wins slalom in foggy Adelboden

Norway’s Kristoffersen wins slalom in foggy Adelboden

Skiers left disappointed as snow steers clear of Swiss slopes

Skiers left disappointed as snow steers clear of Swiss slopes

Gut notches up second win of the season

Gut notches up second win of the season

White Christmas to remain a dream in Switzerland

White Christmas to remain a dream in Switzerland

Swiss champ Gut wins season’s first super-G in Canada

Swiss champ Gut wins season’s first super-G in Canada

Switzerland’s Lara Gut wins women’s World Cup title

Switzerland’s Lara Gut wins women’s World Cup title

Gut and Janka bounce back with super-G victories

Gut and Janka bounce back with super-G victories

Avalanche kills Austrian and German ‘freeriders’

Avalanche kills Austrian and German ‘freeriders’

Spectacular video shows Swiss avalanche danger

Spectacular video shows Swiss avalanche danger

Injury sidelines Swiss Olympic ski champion

Injury sidelines Swiss Olympic ski champion

Is climate change ruining skiing in the Alps?

Is climate change ruining skiing in the Alps?

Verbier ‘costs 40 percent more than Ischgl’: report

Verbier ‘costs 40 percent more than Ischgl’: report

Medieval Murten plans ‘spectacular’ light show

Medieval Murten plans ‘spectacular’ light show

Snow ends drought for Swiss ski resorts

Snow ends drought for Swiss ski resorts

Lack of snow poses challenge for ski resorts

Lack of snow poses challenge for ski resorts

Ammann fails to rise to hometown crowd

Ammann fails to rise to hometown crowd

Man dies while night skiing in Swiss Alps

Man dies while night skiing in Swiss Alps

Artificial snow ‘could make you sick’: report

Artificial snow ‘could make you sick’: report

Skier dies after crashing into snow-making unit

Skier dies after crashing into snow-making unit

Ski resorts balk at SwissPass charges

Ski resorts balk at SwissPass charges

FIS ski ban against Vanessa Mae overruled

FIS ski ban against Vanessa Mae overruled

Second CERN club skier dies from avalanche

Second CERN club skier dies from avalanche

CERN ‘in shock’ over fatal Valais avalanche

CERN ‘in shock’ over fatal Valais avalanche

Swiss claim World Cup mixed ski team victory

Swiss claim World Cup mixed ski team victory

Défago clinches second place in Méribel downhill

Défago clinches second place in Méribel downhill

Lone German skier buried by avalanche

Lone German skier buried by avalanche

Küng wins men’s world downhill title in Colorado

Küng wins men’s world downhill title in Colorado

Lost US skier recounts his two-day ordeal

Lost US skier recounts his two-day ordeal

US teen survives 48 hours lost in Swiss Alps

US teen survives 48 hours lost in Swiss Alps

Swiss avalanches claim 248 lives over ten years

Swiss avalanches claim 248 lives over ten years

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Avalanche death toll in Swiss Alps rises to 11

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French teen dies in avalanche near Verbier

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Ammann back training after Austrian mishap

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Swiss men’s ski team announced for Worlds

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Swiss ski resorts offer exchange rate deals

Austria’s Reichelt beats Swiss with downhill win

Austria’s Reichelt beats Swiss with downhill win

Janka returns to form in Wengen combined races

Janka returns to form in Wengen combined races

Avalanches claim weekend victims in Alps

Avalanches claim weekend victims in Alps

Swiss head to shops rather than slopes

Swiss head to shops rather than slopes

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing

Hotels are booked — but where’s the snow?

Hotels are booked — but where’s the snow?

Switzerland’s Gut wins Super-G at Lake Louise

Switzerland’s Gut wins Super-G at Lake Louise

Cameras on ski helmets seen as safety risk

Cameras on ski helmets seen as safety risk

Ski resorts open amid avalanche warnings

Ski resorts open amid avalanche warnings

Zermatt voted best ski resort in the Alps

Zermatt voted best ski resort in the Alps

Doctor: Schumacher needs ‘years to recover’

Doctor: Schumacher needs ‘years to recover’

Insatiable Shiffrin wins Lenzerheide slalom

Insatiable Shiffrin wins Lenzerheide slalom

Swiss win mixed team event at Lenzerheide

Swiss win mixed team event at Lenzerheide

Gut claims super-G title after Lenzerheide win

Gut claims super-G title after Lenzerheide win

Alpine snowboarders boost Swiss medal count

Alpine snowboarders boost Swiss medal count

American skier latest Valais avalanche victim

American skier latest Valais avalanche victim

Switzerland’s Viletta ‘no accidental winner’

Switzerland’s Viletta ‘no accidental winner’

Swiss skier Viletta mines super-combined gold

Swiss skier Viletta mines super-combined gold

Swiss tops Olympic downhill training run

Swiss tops Olympic downhill training run

Skiers rescued as wind blows lift off tower

Skiers rescued as wind blows lift off tower

America’s Ligety wins St. Moritz giant slalom

America’s Ligety wins St. Moritz giant slalom

Küng wins downhill before home crowd

Küng wins downhill before home crowd

Ligety claims third World Cup win at Wengen

Ligety claims third World Cup win at Wengen

Lauberhorn marks proving ground for Sochi

Lauberhorn marks proving ground for Sochi

Italians top downhill training run at Wengen

Italians top downhill training run at Wengen

Austria’s Hirscher claims third Adelboden win

Austria’s Hirscher claims third Adelboden win

World Cup champ Maze hires Swiss coach

World Cup champ Maze hires Swiss coach

Mountain guide died leading avalanche course

Mountain guide died leading avalanche course

Angela Merkel injured on Swiss ski holiday

Angela Merkel injured on Swiss ski holiday

Avalanches in Swiss Alps claim four more victims

Avalanches in Swiss Alps claim four more victims

Avalanches claim seven lives in one week

Avalanches claim seven lives in one week

Weirather wins women’s super-G at St. Moritz

Weirather wins women’s super-G at St. Moritz

Skier Gut misses Colorado hat trick

Skier Gut misses Colorado hat trick

Swiss skier Gut wins World Cup super-G

Swiss skier Gut wins World Cup super-G

Swiss ski resorts: what’s new for 2013-14

Swiss ski resorts: what’s new for 2013-14

Swiss Olympic champion skier calls its quits

Swiss Olympic champion skier calls its quits

Verbier opens for summer skiing weekend

Verbier opens for summer skiing weekend

‘Extreme skier’ dies on steep Swiss Alpine slope

‘Extreme skier’ dies on steep Swiss Alpine slope

Gut manages podium finish minus ski pole

Gut manages podium finish minus ski pole

Police seek clues to Alps ski death mystery

Police seek clues to Alps ski death mystery

Swiss skier Holdener claims first podium win

Swiss skier Holdener claims first podium win

Lara Gut wins super-G silver as Vonn crashes

Lara Gut wins super-G silver as Vonn crashes

Mountaineering skier dies in Fribourg Alps

Mountaineering skier dies in Fribourg Alps

French skier wins Wengen combined race

French skier wins Wengen combined race

Swiss skier Lara Gut wins Val d’Isère downhill

Swiss skier Lara Gut wins Val d’Isère downhill

Maze consolidates World Cup lead at St. Moritz

Maze consolidates World Cup lead at St. Moritz

Skier Albrecht recovers from knee surgery

Skier Albrecht recovers from knee surgery

Swiss skier Albrecht crashes in Lake Louise

Swiss skier Albrecht crashes in Lake Louise

Injury throws Swiss ski star out for season

Injury throws Swiss ski star out for season

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Three Germans killed in avalanche

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Search called off after deadly avalanche