We reported on the front page about the death of a ski tourer due to a fall and a lucky escape by an instructor in an avalanche.
In Les Diablerets an off piste snowboarder was caught by a slide under the summit of the Becca d’Audon in the “ticoteuse”. The man had followed tracks of two other skiers. He then removed his board to climb higher when he triggered a snow slab. The avalanche occurred at 11h40. The rescue effort was hindered by the instability of the snow pack and only his snowboard had been recovered at dusk when operations were suspended. A resident of Bern, his wife reported him missing when he failed to turn up to work in the afternoon.
Another avalanche occurred at Titlis. The slide was triggered by a group of off piste skiers. The lift company is considering a civil suit against the skiers.
A spokesman for the Swiss Avalanche Institute said that although the snow pack was relatively stable (risk 2 to 3 on a scale of 5) skiers had to appreciate the local conditions.