Posted on: 2019-03-01 18:20:33 by davidof

British ski tourer killed by avalanche at Serre Chevalier

A 61 year old British ski tourer, resident of Jersey, has been killed by an avalanche in woodland above MonĂȘtier les Bains in Serre Chevalier. He was part of a group of 7 clients accompanied by two high mountain guides. One of the guides was also injured and has been taken to hospital in Briancon. It appears the client was killed after colliding with trees.

The avalanche bulletin described the snowpack as "well stabilized" on most slope aspects with a good refreeze and cold overnight temperatures. It continued "there is nothing to fear on Friday, maybe a few slabs on cold North aspects above 2200 meters". Police investigators are working on theory that it was an old, wet slab that was remotely triggered above the group. The avalanche risk was 1 (low) on a scale of 5.

The incident occured at 12h30 at 2000 meters altitude on the east side of Roche Bernard.