Meidspitz, Switzerland – On Saturday, December 23, 2017 three hikers were caught and buried in an avalanche on the Meidspitz below the Corne du Boeuf in the Val d’Anniviers near St. Luc in Valais, Switzerland. One of the rescued individuals was seriously injured and passed away in the hospital on Sunday.
The three hikers left the ski resort of St. Luc/Chandolin to hike to the Corne de Boeuf when they triggered the avalanche around 2700 meters. All three were buried in the slide. One of the individuals was able to free themselves and alert authorities. All three were wearing avalanche beacons and were located and rescued by rescue teams.
Two of the hikers were only slightly injured and one was seriously injured. All three of the hikers were flown by helicopter to the hospital. Unfortunately the 29-year-old died from her injuries the next day.
In most reports, the individuals were referred to as “hikers.” The article on 1815.ch referred to them as ski tourers. Based photo of the avalanche seen at 1815.ch, the tracks appear to be ski tracks. But it is unclear.
SLF.ch Reports that this avalanche occurred on the Meidspitzen at 2885 meters on SE aspect.The avalanche danger was 3/5. Three people were caught and buried. One person was killed.
Lawis.at reports that this size 3 slab avalanche occurred on 2017-12-23 at 12:05 on the Meidspitz in Switzerland. The lat/long was noted as 46.2274° N / 7.6603° E. The report 3 people caught, 3 buried, 2 injured, and 1 dead.
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See Also: Global Avalanche Accidents 2017/2018
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