Friday, 1 January 2010

Avalanche in Val Thorens Yesterday

A Club Med group of 12 with guide were avalanched yesterday at the Orelle sector over from Val Thorens.  All were equipped with transceivers reports piste hors.  One victim was dead depite being dug out inside 15 min.  Those of you who have skied this area which goes over into the 4th valley (it's really Quatre Valley not Trois) on the Maurienne side will know this area is much quieter than the Val Thoren/Les Menuieres hot spot and has good lift served off piste.  The area above Orelle can be accessed from the Cime de Carron and the 3 Valleys Express going over to Orelle 900.

-16c is the coldest here this winter but in the picture below below Cime de Carron it was -25c and froze my kids stiff. This was the first time I had dug a pit and seen depth hoar and it's consequences became apparent throughout that winter.

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