Avalanche in the Hautes-Pyrenees

A 68 year old female skier from Barcelona in Spain has been killed by an avalanche on Sunday in the Néouvielle range in the Hautes Pyrenees department. The slide was apparently caused by warming weather conditions.

The accident occured at 10h30 on the Pic d’Estaragne (3 006 meters) at 2800 meters altitude. The skier was carried around 400 meters by the slide over cliffs and was killed by impact with rocks. Part of a larger group of four other ski tourers they were described as experienced by the high mountain police (PGHM) who assisted in the rescue.

Posted by davidof on Monday, 23 June, 2008 at 12:28 AM

Her name was Ursula Willius
She was 64 years old
Rest in peace

Posted by DR on  Friday, 27 June, 2008  at 09:36 AM

Thanks for the information. A very experienced mountaineer by all accounts. I found this reference to her in the Amercian Alpine Club journal for 1977


very sad.

Posted by davidof on  Friday, 27 June, 2008  at 11:04 AM
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