Serious Avalanche at Tignes

A 22 year old British national was hit by an avalanche while snowboarding at Tignes yesterday. The man was found in a state of cardiac arrest by an avalanche dog after 30 minutes under the slide. Rescue workers administered emergency resuscitation on the scene and the victim was taken by helicopter to hospital in Grenoble where he later succumed to his injuries. The accident occurred on a North facing slope at around 2500 meters altitude in the Palafour sector of Tignes. The man, who was found under 1.5 meters of snow, was boarding with his brother at the time.

The avalanche risk was 3 (considerable) on a scale of 5 yesterday. Around 20 cm of fresh snow had fallen over Friday night accompanied by strong winds from the West to North. Météo France has advised backcountry travellers to exercise extreme care especially above 2000 meters on slopes exposed North, East to South and close to ridgelines where new snowslabs have formed under the action of the wind.

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Posted by on Monday, 19 December, 2005 at 11:05 AM

Hiya Rafe its Gaz

Now that the utter disbelief of your loss has set it a little more (i’m still not really excepting it), I can only smile when i think of you, as I flick back through all the great memories i have of spending time with you in our earlier days.

It’s amazing how clear these memories have become since you passed away and i like to think that in some way your energy is the reason behind the clarity.

At Nethergreen we were great friends and great rivals. Every lunch time we gave our all against each other in the Jubb vs Taylor football matches, soon as the whistle blew we were best mates again- loved it man! (you took defeat so gracefully on a daily basis!)

I even had my first beer with you at Ed Steven’s house, remember that? These are priceless memories that shape your adulthood and i’m so fortunate to have shared so many with you!

Although the time we spent together over the past few years has been slim, whenever we did meet we were always on great terms and i never once took that for granted.

The thing that gets to me is i cant remember the last time i saw you, but i’m sure it will come to me one day on the toilet or something.

Like so many others, I’ll remember you forever.

Love to Mick, Sue, Max and Sarah and especially to you Rafe.

God bless mate

Love Gaz


Posted by  on  Wednesday, 11 January, 2006  at 09:08 PM

Some photos of Rafe from his family website.

Posted by davidof on  Monday, 27 February, 2006  at 01:46 PM

Still missing you big man.


Posted by  on  Thursday, 14 September, 2006  at 03:02 AM

me too homey, but you already knew that!

Posted by  on  Thursday, 20 September, 2007  at 05:26 PM

Another year passed and you’re still sorely missed Rayray, hope you know it?! Off to New Zealand soon, following my dream and still living life to its fullest.

Walking in the footsteps of a giant.


Posted by  on  Sunday, 16 November, 2008  at 04:31 AM
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