Four skiers die in avalanche accidents

Two avalanches in the Swiss Alps killed four skiers at the weekend, both accidents happening outside marked and secure slopes.

This content was published on March 20, 2011 - 18:41 and agencies

Police in the eastern canton of Graubünden reported that three Germans died after being swept down 100 metres in the Flüela pass region at a height of around 2,700 metres.

A fourth German who was dragged down with them managed to free himself from the snow after several hours and raised the alarm on his mobile phone.

The 47-year-old skier was later taken to hospital in Davos suffering from frostbite and was attended by a care team.

All four skiers in the group had been wearing avalanche rescue devices.

Another skier was killed in an avalanche in the Grindelwald First region of the Bernese Oberland.

Swiss weather forecasters had earlier issued warnings of serious avalanche risks in the Alps.

This article was automatically imported from our old content management system. If you see any display errors, please let us know:

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Share this story

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?