Avalanche Kills Ski Tourer In The Hautes-Alpes Of France (UPDATED)


Hautes-Alpes, France – On Saturday, February 11, 2017 a ski tourer was killed in an avalanche in the L’Ombilic sector near a summit of Briançonnais near Briancon in the Hautes-Alpes of France.

Avalanche Beacon check

The incident occurred just before 16:00 at roughly 2400 meters when 1 member in a group of 3 ski tourers triggered an avalanche between the summit of the Gondran and the Fort de l’Infernet. The skier was dragged 200 to 300 meters and was completely buried by the slide (Oest-France.fr). The other two ski tourers were uninjured.

Rescuers were notified and responded to the scene. Search dogs located the skier around 18:00 and transported the victim to the hospital. Unfortunately, the skier did not survive.

The avalanche danger in the area was 3 out of 5 (considerable) above 2100 meters.

UPDATE 2/12:

  • According to FranceBleu.fr, the victim was a 29-year-old ski instructor with the international ski school (ESI) in Montgenevre.
  • According to PisteHors.com, the “victim was equipped with an avalanche beacon but it was not switched on.”

We will try to update this post when more information is available.

Read more about the avalanche in L’Ombilic sector of Val-des-Pres in the Hautes-Alpes of France from the following sources:

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