Dutch Snowboarder Dies After Avalanche Near Sölden, Austria


Sölden, Austria – On Monday, March 13, 2017 a 35-year-old snowboarder from Scheveningen, Netherlands suffered life-threatening injuries in an avalanche near the Gaislachkogel Ski Area in the Rettenbach Valley near Sölden in Tirol, Austria. Unfortunately on Thursday, March 16, 2017 the snowboarder died from injuries sustained in the avalanche at the hospital in Innsbruck.

Gaislachkogl Summit Cross | Pixabay Image
Gaislachkogl Summit Cross | Pixabay Image

The Dutch snowboarder was riding with other Dutch snowboarders and a 29-year-old snowboard instructor in the “Red Karle” area enroute to the Rettenbachtal when the avalanche occurred.

Four people were caught in the avalanche. Three managed to trigger their avalanche airbags. The victim was unable to pull his airbag and was buried 1.6 meters deep for 18 minutes. He was transported to the hospital, but died several days later.

Lawis.at reports that the accident occurred on the Gaislachkogel – Rettenbachalm in Tirol, Austria at a lat/long of 46.9572° N / 10.9709° E. That is a 40 degree north aspect at 2340 meters. The size 2 slab avalanche measured 30 meters wide, 100 meters long, and 50 centimeters deep. Four individuals were involved and one died. The avalanche danger at the time was rated 3/5.

A photo of the avalanche can be seen at Tirol.orf.at.

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