16-Year-Old Skier Dies After Off Piste Avalanche Near Turracher Höhe In Austria (UPDATED)


Turracher Höhe, Austria – On Saturday, March 11, 2017 a 16-year-old skier from Graz was caught and buried in an avalanche while skiing in an off piste area near Kornock at Turracher Höhe ski area near the Styria-Carinthia border in Austria.

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The girl was skiing with her younger sister, her father, and two other individuals. The group was crossing a north facing slope near the Kornock (Heute.at) at approximately 2100 meters when they triggered an avalanche that measured 200 meters long by 150 meters wide.

A 40-year-old, the 16-year-old, and the 10-year-old sister were caught in the avalanche. The 40-year-old ended up on the surface of the slide. The 10-year-old sister was partially buried, but escaped uninjured. The 16-year-old victim was fully buried.

Rescuers were notified and began search efforts. It took approximately one hour to locate and extract the skier who was buried 2 meters deep. The girl was flown to Klagenfurt hospital with serious injuries. Unfortunately, she died from the injuries sustained in the avalanche on Saturday evening.

This incident happened on the same day as the avalanche accident on the Konigstuhl in Salzburg, Austria.

We will try to update this post when more information is available.

UPDATE 3/14: Lawine-Steiermark.at published a post about the numerous avalanches in the region last weekend. Included are photos of the avalanche near Kornock.

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