Fatality in Grand Vallon - Val d’Isere

A Danish skier in his thirties has been killed by an avalanche this afternoon at Val d’Isère. The avalanche occurred on the West facing Grand Vallon at 2700 meters altitude. The skier was part of a group of eight from the UCPA and accompanied by an instructor.

This is the second avalanche fatality in Val d’Isere this season and brings to six the number of skiers killed in avalanches in the Savoie since the start of the winter. Three of the incidents were with groups accompanied by professionals. Last Thursday a man died in the gorges de Malpasset.

See http://www.getoffpiste.com/ for further information.

Posted by on Monday, 18 January, 2010 at 07:52 PM

dude, that sucks....i remember I almost snowboarded off a cliff once....

Posted by  on  Friday, 22 January, 2010  at 03:21 AM

we used to joke that the ESF were immune to avalanches, they are that superior to everyone else! wink

Posted by  on  Tuesday, 26 January, 2010  at 06:26 PM

I too have observed the above schools taking large groups offpiste, often with no kit.

The more modern schools will tend to limit group sizes unlike the above mentioned.

At New Generation Tignes the most we will take off piste is 6 people and always with safety equipment.  I can’t stress how important group management is like skiing one at a time and stopping out of the path of a potential slide, even if your the last skier down!

Posted by Ant on  Saturday, 30 January, 2010  at 04:41 PM

>>Last Thursday a man died in the gorges de Malpasset

Last Thursday, according to the information posted on a board at the top of the Cascade Express, the gorges de Malpasset were impassable.

Posted by GreenA on  Sunday, 07 February, 2010  at 02:52 PM

you have not been able to pass the gorges all season.  There is not enough snow at the moment.

Posted by  on  Sunday, 07 February, 2010  at 03:40 PM
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