Cima dell’Agnel, Italy

By February 16, 2018 No Comments

A French mountaineer died in an avalanche near Cuneo on Thursday.

The man was descending with three companions from the Cima dell’Agnel when a block of snow collapsed under his feet and he plunged dozens of metres down onto rocks where the impact killed him.

The accident happened near Entracque, in the Valle Gesso. The site was the Vallone della Barra, which climbs towards the Gelas mountain, on the border with France.

Avalanches in the Italian Alps have reaped several victims this year.

Cause of death

Many avalanche victims are killed by trauma and not by asphyxiation.

Avalanches pick up speed fast

Avalanches can reach speeds of 80 mph (ca 130 km/h) within about 5 seconds.