Swedish Skier Dies After Avalanche in Tyrol, Austria


Tyrol, Austria – At around 10:30 am on Sunday, February 12, 2017 a 45-year-old Swedish freerider was seriously injured after being buried in an avalanche near the Hohe Mut near Obergurgl in the Ötztal Alps in Tyrol, Austria.

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The avalanche struck at approximately 2500 meters after the group left the Bergstation Hohe Mut heading in the direction of Jöchlasrinne. One skier was caught in the avalanche and dragged about 300 meters through a rocky channel. The skier’s companions responded immediately and found the man buried 1.8 meters deep.

Rescuers responded and flew the man to the hospital. Unfortunately, on Tuesday the man died from the injuries sustained in the avalanche while at the Innsbruck clinic.

Lawis.at reports that the avalanche occurred at a lat/long of 46.8418° N / 11.0355° E. This is a 40 degree slope on a west aspect at 2536 meters. The size 2 slab avalanche measured 300 meters long, 35 meters wide, and was 40 cm deep. The avalanche danger at the time was 3/5. LawinenWarndienst.blogspot.co.at reports that it was a guided group. See photos of the slide here.

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