German Skier Killed In Avalanche While Heli Skiing On Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula


A German Tourist Dies In An Avalanche On The Slopes Of Vilyuchinsky Volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia – On February 26, 2016 a group of 18 skiers and riders were heli-skiing on the slopes of Volcano Vilyuchinsky, 2173 meters, near the town of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia when an avalanche struck the group. A 40-year-old German tourist and a 37-year-old woman were caught and buried in the slide.

Volcanoes On Kamchatka Peninsula | Pixabay Image
Volcanoes On Kamchatka Peninsula | Pixabay Image

The 40-year-old was rescued quickly. He was only under the snow for about a minute, but did not survive. The 37-year-old woman was rescued after about 3 minutes under the snow and did survive.

According to, the tourist was in “flagrant violation of rules of safety when riding.”

All parties were flown to the village of Nikolaevka of Yelizovo district after the incident.

There are few details about this avalanche fatality at this time. We will try to update this post when more information becomes available.


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