Scharnik, Austria – On Friday, December 22, 2017 a 43-year-old ski tourer from Spittal an der Drau was killed in an avalanche on the 2657-meter Scharnik in the Kreuzeck Group in Carinthia, Austria.
The man left for a solo ski tour on Friday around 9:00, when he did not return by 15:00, his parents contacted authorities. Rescuers flew a helicopter to the area and located an avalanche about 150 meters below summit around 16:30. The skier was recovered, but did not survive.
LWD-KTN.blogspot.com reports that the avalanche measured 250 meters long, 70 meters wide, and 10-50 centimeters deep. It occurred on a south aspect of 45 degrees or more. Find a photo of the avalanche here.
According to Kaernten.orf.at, investigators determined that the man skied off the summit of Scharnik and descended the south face. The skier triggered the avalanche near the entrance to cliff and was dragged about 300 meters over rocky terrain. A photo of the face is available here.
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