Conventional wisdom suggests that we should get smarter as we get older. (A small boon in an otherwise sucky process.) But recent research may rob us of even this small succor: Erich Peitzsch, a doctoral student at Montana State University and snow scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Glacier National Park, released a study that states the average age of avalanche victims is climbing.
According to a recent article
by Tristan Scott in the Flathead Beacon, Peitzsch, the former director of the Flathead Avalanche Center who has worked at the USGS since 2007 studying avalanches, delved into the topic when he noticed the trend in the field. The more research he did, the clearer it became that the trend was actually statistically significant: The average age of avalanche victims increased from 27.6 years old between 1950-1989 to 34.3 years old from 1990-2018. (His full results
can be found in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.)