Avalanche Kills Skier On Hofathorn In Valais, Switzerland


Hofathorn, Switzerland – On Monday, December 25, 2017 a ski tourer was killed in an avalanche on the 2844-meter Hofathorn above the Belalp ski area in Valais, Switzerland.

Switzerland | Pixabay Image
Switzerland | Pixabay Image

The skier was traveling with four companions when the incident occurred on Monday morning. The skier was dragged about 150 meters. The 39-year-old victim’s companions responded immediately and alerted authorities. Unfortunately, the 39-year-old skier did not survive.

SLF.ch reports that the avalanche occurred at 2800 meters on the east face of Hofathorn in Valais, Switzerland. The avalanche danger was 2/5.

Lawis.at reports the size 3 slab avalanche occurred at 2017-12-25 at 08:30 at 2800 meters on an east aspect on Hofathorn in Switzerland. They note the lat/long as 46.3730° N / 7.9411° E. One person was caught and killed.

See a photo of the avalanche at 1815.ch.

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