AVALANCHE DANGER IN THE ALPS
29th January 2019 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
There is considerable risk of avalanche in parts of the Alps. A pisteur in La Plagne is the latest fatality after 2 people died in Les2Alpes. UPDATED
A pisteur from La Plagne in France has died after being caught in an avalanche.
The 54-year old man was in a team of two at work at the time of the accident.
He was securing pistes in the Roche de Mio area of the ski resort.
His colleague found him after 11-minutes under the snow.
He was flown to hospital in Grenoble by helicopter but died from his injuries.
An investigation is underway.
His colleagues have paid tribute on their Facebook page:
“Tonight all the pisteurs of La Plagne lost a friend, a colleague, a member of our family. Frisbee was THE best of us by his kindness, his knowledge of the profession, and his benevolence.”
“Tonight, tomorrow, this season and all those who will follow the void of your absence will not satisfy us we have lost enormously our favorite smile, our guardian angel, this person who makes you perspective on all your problems.”
“Life in the mountains is so much more fragile, you can watch over us Frisbee.”
“Our service will give all its support to Pat’s family.”
“ðŸ’« absence is not oblivion ðŸ’«”
The accident in La Plagnes follows the death of two men who died in an avalanche in the French resort of Les2Alpes earlier in the week.
There was an avalanche in an off piste area around 1pm on Tuesday.
They were in a group of four people and the other two raised the alarm.
One of the dead was a local independent iski nstructor, Damien Albert, who has been described as a very experienced professional and off-piste specialist.
The avalanche risk at the time was 3 out of 5, which means the authorities considered the risk “considerable”.
There had been around 30m of fresh snow and strong northerly winds that would have built up deposits of snow.
The authorities have warned people to take extreme care off piste and to follow all the rules and regulations.
Our images from the scene come from the police.
“Outside marked and open pistes a critical avalanche situation will be encountered over a wide area,” said the Swiss Avalanche Institute on Tuesday, 29th January.
In Poland 5 people were buried in an avalanche in the Tatra mountains, 15 miles form the ski resory of Zakopane.
He was among a group of climbers caught and was swept down the Right Hand Trinity gully.
He suffered a broken leg.