Valais, Switzerland – On Saturday, February 4, 2017 a 68-year-old snowshoe runner was killed in an avalanche near Obere Stafel near Binn in Valais, Switzerland.
The man was snowshoeing with two females, ages 47 and 43, when all three were caught in the avalanche. The two women were able to escape and began to search for their companion using avalanche transceivers. They located the victim and extracted him. Authorities were notified, but due to bad weather the rescuers had to access the scene on foot. The man did not survive.
SLF.ch reports that the avalanche occurred on a south aspect at 2300 meters near the Obere Stafel (2169 meters) in the community of Binn in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. The avalanche danger was 3 out of 5 (Considerable) at the time of the accident. View a map of the accident location here. LuzernerZeitung.ch reports that the avalanche was 200 meters long and 50 meters wide.
This is the 4th avalanche fatality in Switzerland this year:
- 21 January 2017 – Forstberg, Oberiberg, SZ
- 7 January 2017 – Gemstock, Andermatt, UR
- 6 January 2017 – Tita Seri, Leytron, VS
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