A skier has died after falling 50 metres into a crevasse on an off-piste area of Tignes’ glacier the Grande Motte, today.
The man was equipped for off-piste skiing, carrying an ARVA and Air Bag, but had ventured into the area alone. He was spotted by a guide who watched him from afar because he was worried about him attempting to ski the area alone, and the guide raised the alarm when he lost sight of the skier. Rescuers soon arrived and found the holidaymaker, but he did not survive the fall.
A spokesperson for Tignes said: “The whole station sends its thoughts to the victim and his family.”
The sad news comes just days after a father and his 11-year-old daughter were killed in an avalanche on a closed piste in Val d’Isere. The tragedy prompted pisteurs in resort to renew warnings to holidaymakers that pistes are closed for a reason, and are potentially dangerous. Particularly with the huge amounts of snow that has fallen in the last few weeks in Tignes and Val d’Isere, resort officials are urging caution.