Piste Patrollers hit by avalanche at Tignes

Two off-duty members of the Tignes piste patrol have been injured, one seriously, by an avalanche shortly after midday today. One of the men, a Tignard, was trapped under the snow for half an hour. He was taken to hospital in a severe state of hypothermia; his body temperature was 28°C. Reports are that the large slide occured under the Petit Col in the Chardonnet Bowl close to the Aiguille Percee.

The other piste patroller, who is on an exchange from an American resort, was recovered after a few minutes under the slide with a dislocated shoulder. He gave a statement to the police saying that they stopped at around 2,500 meters in an off-piste sector when a slide hit them from above. The police wan to establish if the slide was triggered by other skiers. Both men were equipped with avalanche beacons. Normally all the piste patrollers at Tignes are equipped with ABS Avalanche Airbags but it is not known if they were wearing them in this case. The avalanche risk was considerable (3/5) at the time. Meteo France had warned of slabs on open faces with slabs and accumulations of more then 1 meter depth with layers of graupel destabilizing the snowpack.

Posted by on Friday, 05 January, 2007 at 05:09 PM

David, do you have any news about Bruno´s health I haven´t got any news from his family.
Thank you very much.

Posted by  on  Thursday, 30 August, 2007  at 07:01 PM

I would really like to know something new about Bruno´s health, I hope you can provide me kindly of any more information. Thank you.

Posted by  on  Friday, 07 September, 2007  at 11:19 PM

Hi Veronica

I don’t have any recent news - I’ve been away a lot of the summer. The Tignes ski patrol said you are welcome to call and speak to them if you want.


Posted by davidof on  Monday, 10 September, 2007  at 10:58 AM

Hi Davidof.  I got some news today from Bruno´s sister but I didn´t understand much of it. She said something about Bruno being in Grenoble.  Do you have any news about his health? Thank you very much

Posted by  on  Tuesday, 27 November, 2007  at 03:21 AM
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