Boarder’s Death in Méribel Fall

A short report about this accident appears on on the 17th February. The tragic death of the 17 year old British boarder appears to involve certain elements that could possibly have avoided this terrible accident. 

The young man was boarding with two other young skiers in an area that was certainly off-piste. However, the area in question does in fact appear to have been heavily skied/boarded and was sufficiently carved up to form a mogul run.

Eyewitness reports have stated that there could well have been up to 30 other skiers/boarders in that area at the time of the accident. The events that followed suggest that the young man veered off, in the opinion of the two he was with, to take a jump over what was assumed to be a ridge. This tragically was the edge of the cliff in question, where the young man fell to his death.

What seems to be raising concerns is that the edge was not marked or signposted and that in a heavily skied off-piste area, one would assume that it should be. There are inherent dangers in off-piste skiing, even with sensible precautions, but it is difficult to legislate for an evironment such as this, where the area appears so benign.

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 February, 2004 at 12:35 PM

Off piste is for most the summit. When riding you should aware about everything beneath and above you. Many times you look upward and realized that particular rock/cliff could be nice for a jump but it didn’t look that way when standing on top of it. More dramatic is the rock and cliff that DO look nice to jump of when standing on top. Later when you look back (after a alternative route) you think, “That cliff could kill me definitely!” The moral is that you should know for 100% sure that the landing zone or de way you going to take is safe and controllable by your capabilities.

In my opinion it is better that those edges areN’T marked or signposted. It will definitely give some people the feeling that safety people control these areas. You should only rely on your own skills or the one’s of the guide.


Posted by  on  Wednesday, 25 February, 2004  at 05:40 PM

A difficult area, perhaps. The off=piste area in question had been heavily skied, and was generally known to the young man from a trip the year before.

His body took quite a while to find and there is a suggestion that because of the cliff formation, when viewed from below, it may not have been very apparent of the inherent danger.

The area in question, it is understood, was subsequently marked to highlight the danger.

Posted by  on  Thursday, 26 February, 2004  at 03:06 PM

This a view of the run in question. The bumps run is under the chairlift. The cliffs are visible from the bottom of the lift.

Posted by  on  Thursday, 26 February, 2004  at 04:52 PM

If you are skiing off-piste you should know where you are going.  End of story.

Posted by  on  Saturday, 28 February, 2004  at 11:58 AM

If you don’t know the area, check your route first. Too many people go shooting off with no idea of what is below them. The perfect example of this is the Pas de Chev - Chamonix where you find numerous people traversing the cliffs looking for the exit couloir.

Posted by  on  Sunday, 29 February, 2004  at 01:12 PM
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