Avalanche Kills Two Skiers Near Kals am Grossglockner in Austria (UPDATED)


Kals am Grossglockner, Austria – On Friday, January 5, 2018 two skiers were caught, buried, and killed in an off piste avalanche in the mountains between Matrei in Osttirol and Kals am Grossglockner in East Tyrol in Austria. One skier has been recovered. The other is still missing.

Austria | Pixabay Image
Austria | Pixabay Image

The avalanche occurred in an off piste area around 1800 meters around 12:30. According to TT.com, the avalanche measured 100 meters wide by 400 meters long. There were no witnesses to the slide. For a photo of the avalanche visit, TT.com.

Authorities were alerted around 15:00 when the skiers did not return. Around the same time the avalanche was reported by two locals. Rescuers responded on foot and the first victim was recovered at 16:45. The other victim is still missing.

Search efforts have been put on hold until Saturday.

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


  • Spiegel.de notes that the second victim was located on Saturday morning. Salzburg24.at writes this skier was buried 1 meter deep.
  • Lawis.at writes taht the avalacneh on 2018-01-05 at 15:00 occurred at Kals-Matreier Törl in Tirol, Austria. They report that the size w slab avalanche occurred on a west aspect at a Lat/Long of 47.0084° N / 12.5890° E. Two people were caught, buried, and killed.


  • OVB-Online.de identified the avalanche victims as Michael Ortner, 26, and Dominik Wörndl, 25, from Bavaria, Germany.

See Also: Global Avalanche Accidents 2017/2018

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