Val d’Isère, France

By February 19, 2018 No Comments

A father and his 11-year-old daughter were killed when an avalanche swept them away while they were skiing in the French Alps, rescue officials have said.

They said the man, 43, and his daughter were from the Paris region and had been skiing in the Pisaillas glacier area of the Val d’Isère resort that had been closed because of the avalanche risk.

They were found in a hollow surrounded by cliffs at an altitude of about 2,930 metres (9,670 feet) in the early afternoon on Sunday.

The exact circumstances of the accident were not yet known, and prosecutors in nearby Albertville have opened an investigation.

A cross-country skier was also killed in the region in an off-piste area near the Giettaz-en-Aravis ski resort.

Closed off areas

Avalanche risk is high in closed off areas in resorts.

Terrain traps

There are different so called “terrain traps”.  If a skier get caught in an avalanche and dragged into a terrain trap, chance of survival is very low. Terrain traps include bowls, creeks, couloirs, cliffs, rocks, doline (pits), and trees.