Brit skier, 47, slides ‘several hundred metres’ to his death down one of the most difficult slopes in the world dubbed the ‘Swiss Wall’ which was closed due to icy conditions
A British skier has fallen several hundred meters to his death on a Swiss ski slope known as one of the toughest in the world.
The incident happened on Wednesday at 9:45 in the morning (Swiss time).
The Chavannettes route in the Wales ski resort near Champery, also known as the ‘Swiss Wall’, was closed at the time of the fatal fall.
The 47-year-old died at the scene despite first aid efforts.
According to Wales Canton Police, the man was with two others, a skier and a snowboarder.
The ‘Swiss Wall’ ski slope lies on the border of France and Switzerland
The steep downhill trail has a slope of 37 degrees, which means it is almost a 45 degree angle, dropping a third of a kilometer.
Before the incident, the man and the two others were seen heading towards the closed slope.
The cantonal police (Bern) told Swiss newspaper Can that skiers should avoid skiing on closed slopes.
The incident on Wednesday is the third fatality for British skiers in just 11 days.
On Monday 29 January, a 30-year-old died after a ‘heavy fall’ on a French slope.
The previous day, Sunday, a 63-year-old man suffered a heart attack at another ski resort in France.
In December, a British woman and her son died when an avalanche hit their ski resort in France.
The two victims – a 54-year-old British mother and her son (22) were buried and found dead, French media reported.
The Cantonal Police (Bern) told the Swiss newspaper Blick that skiers should avoid skiing on closed slopes.