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Avalanche accidents are increasing in Scotland and fatalities now average two each year. The victims are either mountaineers or cross-country skiers as the problem is confined to the steeper and remoter slopes. Studies in the Cairngorm Mountains have shown that Scottish snow differs from alpine snow in three respects: depth hoar does not occur in Scotland, higher values are found for density and rammsonde penetration, and ice layers are more abundant. Slab avalanches are found on slopes ofdoi:10.3189/s0022143000201020 fatcat:5h37wjdqvnalfdzuu4iriytiey