Early Season Avalanche Kills Ski Tourer On Olperer Near Hintertux Glacier In Austria
Olperer, Zillertal Alps, Austria – At approximately 2 PM on Sunday, October 16, 2016 two local skiers from Tyrol triggered an avalanche on the north ridge of Olperer near Hintertux Glacier area in the Zillertal Alps in Tyrol, Austria. There was one fatality and one injury.
The men were ski touring off-piste from Wildlahnerscharte to Olperer, but turned around just before the summit of Olperer (3,476 m). As they descended, they triggered a slab avalanche on a north facing slope at approximately 40 to 50 degrees. The avalanche starting zone was roughly 3350 meters. The avalanche was 180 meters long and 40 to 70 meters wide.
Rescuers responded quickly and rescued a 44-year-old man who was buried with his hand sticking out of the avalanche debris. He was flown to a hospital in Schwaz and is in stable condition.
A 25-year-old was buried deeply (nearly 2 meters). It took approximately 2.5 hours using probe lines and avalanche dogs to find him. According to Lawinenwarndienst Tirol, the avalanche victim was not wearing an avalanche transceiver.
For a full and detailed report with photos about this avalanche accident on Olperer in the Zillertal Alps, please read the avalanche report from LawinenWarndienst Tirol.
Another avalanche occurred in the nearby Tyrol’s Kaunertal valley on Sunday, but no one was injured in this incident.
We will update this post if more information becomes available.