Nagano Prefecture, Japan – At approximately 8:10am on February 13, 2017 a group of ski patrollers were caught in an avalanche during morning control work at Togari Onsen Ski Resort near Ilyama, SE of Myoko on Honshu, Nagano Prefecture in Japan.
Four ski patrollers were doing morning safety management work when three of the patrollers were caught and buried in an avalanche. Two were found and managed to escape, but a 3rd patroller did not survive. That patroller was buried 1.2 meters deep and was discovered two hours later by a 50 person probe line.
The Japan Avalanche Network’s preliminary report states that the avalanche was a size 2.5. It ran 220 meters long, 70 meters wide, and 40-60cm deep. The slope angle was less than 37 degrees.
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