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Skier Killed In Avalanche On Balmhorn In Valais, Switzerland

Balmhorn, Switzerland – On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 a 36-year-old ski tourer from Zurich was caught and killed in an avalanche while descending the south face of the Balmhorn near Leukerbad in Valais, Switzerland.

Switzerland | Pixabay Image

Switzerland | Pixabay Image

The victim was ski touring with a 42-year-old at the time of the incident. At 06:30 the pair had left the Altelshutte toward the Balmhorn. At 15:00 the were descending the Balmhorn. They were approximately 30 meters apart when the victim was caught in an avalanche and dragged several hundred meters down the slope. See a photo of the slope here.

SLF.ch reports that the avalanche occurred on a south aspect at 3580 meters on the Balmhorn in Leukerbad in Valais. The avalanche danger at the time was 2/5. Find a map of the accident location here. Lawis.at reports the lat/long as 46.4239° N / 7.6905° E.

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This is the 6th avalanche fatality in Switzerland this year:


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