A skier has been killed by an avalanche in the enclosed Nant Pcheu couloir in the Brevent sector of Chamonix. The man was equipped with an ABS (airbag) system which he was apparently able to activate as well as a helmet and avalanche transceiver. The skier is a non-French national. Initial reports were of a slab but given that eyewitnesses saw a powder cloud I wonder if this was the couloir purging after the recent fresh snow. The rescue operation took several hours to find the victim despite his ABS and transceiver.
In the Savoie a group of three off piste skiers triggered an avalanche in Courchevel at 2300 meters altitude. The incident occured in the Chanrossa sector around 11h00. One of the skiers was partially buried but the second, a 22 year old student from Lyon was covered by 150cm of snow. He was found by a piste patroller thanks to his ARVA but only after 20 minutes burial. The victim was taken by helicopter to Grenoble in a critical condition.