Avalanche Kills Skier Near Vars In The Hautes-Alpes Of France


Vars, France – On Monday, May 8, 2017 a skier was killed in an avalanche in the Vallon de la Selette near the Col des Houerts in the vicinity of the Pointe d’Escreins in Vars in the Hautes-Alpes of France (LeDauphine.fr).

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Avalanche Debris | Stock Image

The 47-year-old victim was ski touring with his wife. The wife stayed in the valley and the man continued to don crampons and climb a classic, steep 40-45 degree NE couloir.

When the avalanche occurred, the man was carried 300-350 meters down the slope. The man was severely injured, but was not buried. The wife was uninjured. Rescuers responded to the scene by helicopter. Unfortunately, he died on the scene.

The road into the area is officially closed, but the barrier had been removed. An investigation will be conducted (DICI.fr).

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