Off piste snowboarder killed at les Arcs

A seventeen year old snowboarder was found dead yesterday at 16h30 by the ski patrol at les Arcs in the Savoie. The young man, who came from the nearby Ain department had been buried by a fresh snow avalanche. He is the first avalanche fatality in France this season. The avalanche risk was 3 (Considerable) on a scale of 5 below 2200 meters, 4 (high) at altitude.

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Les Dailles, Arc 2000 sector

The accident occurred at around 13h00 at 2100 meters altitude in the Dailles off-piste sector above Arc 1950. The man had left some friends to return to the resort and become lost during a snowstorm. When he didn’t return to the resort his friends gave the alert. After an extensive search the ski patrol found the man’s glove and then recovered his body.

The avalanche bulletin had warned that rain had fallen to 2700 meters in some sectors on Monday morning and this was followed by fresh snow and violent winds forming many new slabs and accumulations on diverse slopes. Above 2200 meters the fresh snow had either fallen on a wind or freeze/thaw crust or on unstable facetted snow crystals. Lower down the risk was of snow purges, powder and soft slab avalanches all of which could be trigged by a single skier.

Posted by davidof on Wednesday, 03 January, 2007 at 08:48 AM

You can find an automagic translation of the Savoie bulletin here:-

Posted by davidof on  Wednesday, 03 January, 2007  at 11:57 AM

Rumour has it 1 death in Lavancher/Pendant today

Posted by  on  Wednesday, 03 January, 2007  at 04:36 PM

That’s bad news Hutch, the accident was by the Bochard top station apparently. Let me know if you get more news. I’ll put this on the front page.

Posted by davidof on  Wednesday, 03 January, 2007  at 04:55 PM
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