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Avalanche on the Twärchamm: Buried Ski Tourer is Rescued

03.02.2017

The 43-year-old cross-country skier from Germany was on a ski tour with his wife heading towards the Pizolsattel. Their route took them into stormy weather with gusts of over 100 km/h outside the marked slopes from the Pizolhütte up to the Twärchamm.

The 43-year-old cross-country skier from Germany was on a ski tour with his wife heading towards the Pizolsattel. Their route took them into stormy weather with gusts of over 100 km/h outside the marked slopes from the Pizolhütte up to the Twärchamm.

Cross-country skier buried by an avalanche outside the marked slopes

Due to the bad weather and problems with their equipment, the two ski tourers decided to head back towards Pizolhütte. At the same time, a slab avalanche broke off outside the marked slopes below the Twärchamm climbing garden about 2,300 metres above sea level, completely burying the 43-year-old. His wife could not send an emergency call and had to go to Pizolhütte to notify the rescue workers.

Mountain rescue specialists were flown in immediately, but they had to cover part of the journey on foot due to the storm wind. The mountain rescue specialists were able to locate the 43-year-old and dig him out of the avalanche. He was responsive and could be flown to the hospital by the Rega. According to information from the St. Gallen cantonal police the man did not suffer any injuries.

The Pizol Alpine Rescue Service, employees of Pizolbahnen, a private helicopter company and the Rega were also deployed in addition to the alpine team from the St. Gallen cantonal police.

The alpine team from the St. Gallen cantonal police is investigating the exact circumstances of the accident. It is still unclear what caused the avalanche to break off.

"In general, however, visitors must observe the avalanche warning levels for cross-country skiing outside of the marked ski runs," stresses CEO of Pizolbahnen Klaus Nussbaumer. At the time of the avalanche , the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF had issued an "Alert level 3 - considerable danger of avalanches".