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British Skier Killed in La Plagne

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Awful news:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/12201569/British-skier-falls-1000ft-to-death-in-French-Alps.html
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mountainaddict, yes, awful news.
I didn't know exactly where the Couloir Rosset was, but found a video of some guys doing it.
Seems to be a slightly higher entry to what we know as the M25 Couloir: going off to the right just down from Roche de Mio before you get to the Inversens restaurant.

http://youtube.com/v/Gv3svWOZeNQ
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
I'm pretty sure I saw people taking that route when I was out a couple of weeks ago. It looked petty hairy.
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Yes, I saw people queuing to take that route last week.
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It looks very pretty
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^^^^

Shocked Shocked Shocked
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I suppose that when you ski those routes a fall could be the end. A risk you have to decide to take.
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As above.

I have said no to a run before based on my Abilty to do it being borderline, and what would happen if I did fall over. Chicken I know, but here to admit it.
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That run that WG posted would be a no.
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That report has a list of accidents connected only by the fact that they're vaguely on snow and that some of the participants were British. I'm not sure why they think that's more interesting or informative that an unbiased report describing accident statistics would be. Tawdry gossip mongers.

I assume that route's somewhat off piste. I don't think anyone is surprised that riding those sorts of routes and cocking up may result in death. It's kind of the whole point, actually. I doubt there's a better way to go.
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Just returned from Les Coches after a great couple of weeks , we visit Paradiski every year and have skied the area around the Roche de Mio many times over the years. The couloir Rosset is off piste and its accessed by ski-ing down from Roche de Mio as Jonpim correctly states and ducking under the ropes to the right before reaching the Inversens restaurant.
I have skied it many times with ESF guided groups, it is a popular route for the ESF Le Grand Ski and can be absolutely fantastic when the conditions are good. There is signage along the section where access can be from made from Roche de Mio indicating that there are cliffs present mainly to skiers left before the couloir widens out. Sections of it are steep and a fall in poor conditions could certainly be deadly if snow condition not conducive to arresting a fall. Also getting out of position and getting into the rock banded area more to the right during the descent could bring problems as less open snow available to grip on
I did not ski that couloir this trip but skied other areas with similar aspect and much of the snow could be described as concretey probably freeze thaw cycle and windblown which is not great for arresting on if steep and definitely not anywhere near as soft and powdery as the videos in previous posts show. The snow condition made me decide to avoid certain areas as it was obvious that it was heavily tracked, frozen and refrozen and the off piste areas that I did ski proved to be a rough ride.
Thoughts go out to the family and friends of the person who fell, it is very sobering and shocking, heartfelt sympathy to all concerned.
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The ski instructor leading the group has been banned for instructing for 3 years, has a 10 month suspended sentence and a 2000 euro fine. He intends to appeal.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Three years to come to court? Is that normal in France? (I know it can be in UK)
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
boredsurfin wrote:
Three years to come to court? Is that normal in France? (I know it can be in UK)


that's pretty quick for France. You could be 5 years or more on remand for murder.
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