As reported in the news and on our site the off-piste ski terrain is very unstable, you don’t need to go far to get caught up in an avalanche either.
It is sad news that a 30 year old seasonal worker (seasonaire) got caught up in an avalanche yesterday when she was skiing in the area of Val Thorens called Boismint. It is thought that she started the avalanche by herself and although she was wearing a transceiver she had not switched it on. This would have hampered the search and rescue for her.
She was first reported missing when she didn’t turn up for work on Wednesday morning. The pisteurs found her by using her ski lift pass to get them close to her body. Because her transceiver was switched off they couldn’t get to her exact position quickly. The pisteurs spotted her ski boot which was visable above the snow. She was buried in up to 80cm of snow and the avalanche was around 20 metres wide.
The Boismint area is very close to the resort as you can see in red on the map below and although it has several pistes there are some nice areas between them which are known to be one of the places that can have good powder. Unfortunately though the area is very rocky, if you walked up there in the summer the rocks are as big as cars!
There has been an unprecedented amount of avalanches since the last snow fall and the avalanche risk is still very high, it is recommended to stay on piste for the time being.