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A feature to protect from avalanches or to keep them from going off. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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Status: in use

This tag is used to map certain features erected to protect hamlets, roads, pistes etc. from avalanches or to keep snow in place, so that there will not be avalanches. It is mostly used for so-called snow bridges (Stahlschneebrücken in German), that make a very prominent appearance in the landscape.


For as long as this is a stub, please refer to Taginfo or Avalanche protection, what features may be tagged like that. Some examples below:

A different kind are installations that trigger avalanches while they remain small: avalanche_protection=gasex (might get mapped as a point or a short overground pipeline for the outflow and perhaps a small building for the container of the explosives and another underground pipeline connecting them)

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