40. The Evolène Avalanche

Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini

Year: February 1999

Location: Evolène, Switzerland

Casualties: 12

A couple of warm late-February days loosened enough snow to trigger two quick and powerful avalanches that launched at the same time. They combined forces as they crashed down a mountainside in the Swiss Alps, clearing a path that included half a mile of forest, the Evolène Ski Resort, and 12 of its guests and workers.