Avalanche Kills Skier In The High Tatras Of Slovakia


High Tatras, Slovakia – On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 a 30-year-old Slovakian ski tourer was killed in an avalanche on the Zbojnícky spád in the Veľkej Studena dolina (Great Cold Valley) in the High Tatras of Slovakia.

Slovakia | Pixabay Image
Slovakia | Pixabay Image

Rescuers responded to the scene and began to search for the skier. After about 2.5 hours, the victim was found under 1.5 to 2 meters of snow. According to numerous sources, the victim was not wearing the appropriate avalanche equipment.

Lawis.at reports that on 2017-12-06 at 11:15, an avalanche killed one individual at Zbojnicky spad in Slovakia. They report the lat/long as 49.1834° N / 20.1693° E. The accident occurred on a south aspect at 2040 meters on a 33 degree slope. The size 3 slab avalanche measured 480 meters long x 100 meters wide x 70 centimeters deep. Two skiers were caught, but only one was buried and killed.

For a full avalanche accident report, photos, and snow profile, visit RescueService.sk.

This is the 1st avalanche fatality in Slovakia during the 2017/2018 season.

See Also: Global Avalanche Accidents 2017/2018

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