Avalanche Kills Off Piste Skier In Nassfeld In Carinthia, Austria

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Nassfeld, Austria – On Friday, February 2, 2018 a 56-year-old skier was caught, buried, and killed in an avalanche near the ski area of Nassfeld in the district Hermagor in Carinthia, Austria.

Austria | Pixabay Image
Austria | Pixabay Image

The group exited the Nassfeld ski area at Trogkofel to ski off piste at 13:50. The man was skiing with his son and a friend when the accident occurred. The 50 meter wide wind slab broke loose and buried the man 1.5 meters deep.

Rescuers responded immediately, but did not recover the skier until 14:58. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. The other two skiers were uninjured.

WePowder.com wrote “the avalanche danger that was still CONSIDERABLE (3 on a scale of 5) was scaled up to HIGH (4 on a scale of 5) in the course of the day.”

Krone.at identified the man as Werner Schoitsch.

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


See Also: Global Avalanche Accidents 2017/2018


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