Two Belgian Skiers Caught In Avalanche On Sattelhorn In Switzerland | One Fatality
Sattelhorn, Switzerland – On Friday, April 29, 2016, two Belgian ski tourers were caught in an avalanche on the Sattelhorn ( 3,745m | 12,287′) in the Bernese Alps near the community of Naters in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.
The two were on a ski tour from Oberaletschhutte to the summit of the Sattelhorn when they triggered an avalanche that was approximately 300 meters wide by 400 meters long. Both were caught in the avalanche. One was partially buried.
Rescuers flew by Air Zermatt helicopter to the accident scene. The rescuers quickly located the 32-year-old victim from Belgium, but he did not survive.
According to SLF.ch, the avalanche occurred at 3680 meters on a SW aspect. two skiers were caught and one was buried. The avalanche danger at the time was rated as 2 out of 5. Click here for a map of the incident location from SLF.ch. See a photo of the Sattelhorn and the avalanche here.
This is the 18th avalanche fatality in Switzerland during the 2015/2016 hydrological year (October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016). There have been 13 backcountry fatalities and 5 off piste fatalities.
We will try to update this post when more information is available.
Pin Marks location of Sattelhorn, not avalanche location.