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Avalanche kills man at Swedish ski resort

TT/The Local/dl · 7 Feb 2012, 10:08

Published: 07 Feb 2012 10:08 GMT+01:00

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The accident took place on Monday afternoon when the man was carrying out a routine assessment of avalanche danger at the Tänndalen area of the Funäsfjällen resort.

But the man was suddenly swept down the hill in an avalanche which left him buried under the masses of snow.

Colleagues were able to dig the man out after about 45 minutes at which point he was taken to hospital in Östersund by helicopter.

Early Tuesday morning, however, the man died from his injuries.

Grönklittsgruppen, the company that manages the ski area, said it plans to review its procedures in light of the incident.

“We're going to have a look at our procedures and the type of safety equipment that was used,” Torbjörn Wallin, head of the Grönklittsgruppen, told the TT news agency.

A woman who was also involved in the avalanche safety check sustained mild injuries.

The pair were working near the Hamra lift when the avalanche occurred in an off-piste area.

According to Wallin, the man who died was a very experienced ski patroller.

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“He's even conducted trainings in avalanche safety,” Wallin told TT.

On Monday, the avalanche risk at Tänndalen was at a level three on a five-level scale, which corresponds to a significant avalanche risk.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:49 February 7, 2012 by skogsbo
doesn't sound good, 45mins before being dug out, can only presume they weren't wearing transceivers and didn't each have a radio with them.
17:28 February 7, 2012 by planethero
Poor bloke. RIP
17:34 February 7, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
I would need to see the layout of the trails and hills to understand this better. Every inspection procedure I've seen is from the top of the danger area, not the bottom, and for high altitude areas that are difficult to reach I've seen cable systems used to deploy dynamite to make blasts early in the morning before the hills open.

Of course any set of precautions can be insuffient in some cases. At an avalanche several years ago in Canada that killed my friend's high school math teacher, the teacher and his friends did the right thing by skiing into a forrest of mature trees when they realized there was an avalanche coming down the fhill, but the avalanche was so powerful that it crushed the wall of trees that was protecting them and killed the whole group.

Anyway a sad and tragic indicent.
22:20 February 7, 2012 by Iraniboy
I'm waiting for this comment:

40 years ago Sweden didn't have such problems. Something is going really wrong in Sweden!
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