Avalanche Kills Snowshoer On Hohturli In The Bernese Oberland Of Switzerland


Bernese Alps, Switzerland – On Sunday, December 31, 2017 a group of three snowshoers were caught in an avalanche in the Hohturli area while snowshoeing toward the Bluemlisalp Massif in the Bernese Alps near the municipality of Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland of Bern, Switzerland.

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Rescuers quickly located two of the snowshoers and winched them out of the area via helicopter. The third snowshoer was located by an avalanche dog. He was alive, but seriously injured. Rescuers transported him by helicopter to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

SLF.ch reports that this avalanche fatality occurred on 2017-12-31 on the Hohturli in the canton of Bern. The avalanche was at 2650 meters on a southwest aspect.

The Hohturli is a high alpine pass located on teh col between Wildi Frau and Dündenhorn, at an elevation of 2,778 m | 9,114 ft (Wikipedia.org).

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