A skier in his late 60s died after falling onto rocks while trying to retrieve a ski pole dropped from a chairlift in Val d’Isere on Friday. Reports claim he had taken his skis off to climb down a steep slope under the Borsat lift in an attempt to reach the pole. He slipped and fell over 100 metres on very hard snow and rock. Radio Val d’Isere reported that 9 rescuers were quickly on scene and that the man was conscious at first, but he died on the way to Grenoble hospital, probably of internal bleeding. It’s believed he was a doctor holidaying at the Perce Neige residence. He had celebrated his 69th birthday on January 1st.
Henry’s Avalanche Talks issued a warning: “Look out for terrain traps or dangerous places where you can fall off piste.”