Young Woman Killed by Pyrénées Avalanche

Three backcountry skiers, part of a group of seven, were hit by a large avalanche on Sunday in the Aragnouet sector of Aure valley close to the ski resort of Piau-Engaly.  The skiers were caught by the slide on north facing slopes at 2,400 meters below the Pic de Cuneille.  The avalanche risk was 3 [considerable] at the time.

The alert was given by phone at around midday and an important rescue operation was put in place involving mountain police, a dog handler and doctor. Two skiers escaped unhurt from the slide but a third, Marianne Fabaron, aged 24 years and a resident of Toulouse was found in a state of severe hypothermia. The group were equipped with avalanche transceivers, probes and shovels. Airlifted by helicopter to hospital at Tarbes in a serious condition she succumbed to her injuries today.

As reported by there has been considerable fresh snow in the area.  Two skiers were caught by a slide on the Envers du Piau off-piste on Thursday and another two men, residents of Lyon were killed in the Aran Valley just over the border in Spain last Monday.

Posted by davidof on Monday, 08 March, 2004 at 09:35 PM

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