The SLF engages in research, scientific services, teaching and public relations. The research focuses on snow, its interaction with the atmosphere, the formation, movement and impact of snow avalanches and other mass movements, avalanche mitigation, permafrost and mountain ecosystems. The SLF also offers a range of services. These include consulting on avalanche accidents and avalanche protection measures and the development of warning systems for natural hazards in the Alps. The best-known service is the avalanche bulletin for the Swiss Alps. The SLF forms part of the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL and thus is a part of the ETH Domain.

Year of founding: 1936
Staff: 156
Doctoral students: 27
Postdocs: 5

WSL-Institut für Schnee- und Lawinenforschung SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf
phone +41 81 417 01 11
fax +41 81 417 01 10