Area accidents take 3 lives

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three men have died in area accidents since Tuesday, one following a scooter accident in Renens, near Lausanne, another when his paraglider crashed near Ollon and the other in an avalanche in Trient, canton Valais. A man died in hospital in Sion Tuesday 19 March, a day after he was caught in […]

Schwyz police hunt for 3 after avalanche

Alpenglow, dawn's first light over the Swiss Alps, harbinger of warmer weather

Unclear if group is missing GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Schwyz called out a team of two Rega helicopters, four avalanche dogs and 40 rescuers Sunday afternoon and evening 3 March 2013 to look for three people sighted as lost in an avalanche that struck the Laui area of the Fronalpstock. The rescuers, using […]

St Luc avalanche critically injures 1, VD skier killed in Champex (update)


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -A 38-year-old Vaud man declared missing by his family when he didn’t return home Saturday evening at 19:30 was found dead in an avalanche in Champex Sunday 17 February, say Valais police. An Air Glacier flight flew over the area around Breya, where he  had gone ski touring, and spotted an object on […]

Geneva man caught by Nendaz avalanche dies

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 48-year-old Swiss man from Geneva died of his injuries Wednesday 14 February, a day after he was buried by an avalanche near Nendaz in canton Valais, say cantonal police. The man was taken by helicopter to Sion hospital shortly after the accident, but he was in critical condition, along with another […]

Update 2: two Nendaz-Verbier avalanches Wednesday kill 1, leave 2 critical


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A series of avalanches Wednesday on the south side of the Rhone in canton Valais have left one person dead and two in critical condition, with four others have lesser injuries. The first avalanche occurred at 10:40 Wednesday 13 February at Bec des Etagnes between Mont-Fort and lac de Cleuson. A group […]

Avalanche kills 52-year-old Valais woman near Moiry dam

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An avalanche caught a group of skiers and snowboarders Tuesday afternoon 12 February in the Val d’Anniviers, near the Moiry dam. A 52-year-old woman from the region was killed when the avalanche rushed down a couloir, 20 metres wide, but 500 metres long. The group of four skiers and one snowboarder had […]

Skier caught by St Luc avalanche still missing


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man carried away by an avalanche at St Luc in canton Valais Sunday afternoon 3 February is still missing, cantonal police say. The accident occurred at Bella Tola where the man was skiing off piste, and searchers quickly began to look for him. The search had to be called off when […]

Nendaz-Verbier off-piste skier dies following avalanche


23-year-old Swedish woman had airbag and DVA GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 23-year-old skier, a Swedish woman and one of a group of four people freeriding between Nendaz and Verbier Wednesday morning 19 December, died in hospital in Sion after being caught by an avalanche. The accident occurred at 11:00 Wednesday, a perfect off-piste day by […]

Swiss climber survives Nepal avalanche, 4 French climbers dead


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Twenty-five climbers were caught by a large avalanche in the Himalayas, on Mt Manaslu (8,156m) in northwestern Nepal Sunday 23 September. Four French climbers, including guides from Chamonix, died in the accident which is now reported to have taken eight lives (earlier estimates were higher) and has left three people missing. One […]

9 dead, 4 missing in 4,000m Chamonix avalanche

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rescue  workers are trying to find missing climbers following the deaths of nine people, with four missing and an unspecified number of people injured early Thursday 12 July at Mont Maudit near Chamonix. French media report that 28 climbers, including two Swiss people who died, were roped together in small groups and […]