This footage was posted by La Chamoniarde and is a good reminder to all of us to watch out for the false sense of security on the slopes!
A real case of burial experienced by a 11-year-old boy this winter, on the Tour estate in Chamonix.
Watch out for the false sense of security near the slopes!
ONLY the open and open slopes are METHODS. Even nearby, I’m off the track so off-track: avalanche risk but not that… snow concrete, exposed rock, cliff, hole… not reported! No tags to spot, no witnesses to alert…
Fox was very lucky. The DVA, shovel, probe are not anti-avalanche. The way out could have been different.
To get off the slopes, it’s not enough to ski! You have to be aware of what can happen to you to be able to avoid it.
🇬🇧 Close to the piste is still off-piste !
This is a real example of an 11-year old boy being buried in the Le Tour ski area of Chamonix.
Beware of a false sense of security when skiing close to the piste!
ONLY OPEN AND MARKED PISTES are SECURED. Even skiing close to the piste, is not on-piste therefore you are off-piste. Skiing off-piste carries many risks including avalanches, icy or hard snow, rocky outcrops, cliffs and holes… none of which are signposted! There are no signs to find your bearings, and no one to alert the ski-patrol.
Fox was very lucky. Transceiver, probe and shovel are essential but do not prevent an avalanche.
To ski off-piste, you need to know more than just how to ski! You must be aware of the dangers, that way you know how to avoid them.
Production / realization: La Chamoniarde
Images and editing: Seven Twenty Productions
More images by drone: Eric Courcier Accompagnateur en montagne-Photographe
Thank you to Gillon and Fox Campbell, as well as to the rescue workers of the Service des Pistes-Le Tour Vallorcine for their testimony.