Another avalanche thundered down the steep slopes of the Sunnmøre Alps around the town of Sykkylven on Friday, but three persons caught in it managed to dig themselves out. Avalanche danger remains extremely high in the mountains of southern Norway, also in the eastern hills and mountains around Trysil.
Officials had already warned of high avalanche danger after one of the deadliest winters in years. Friday’s avalanche occurred at Storvasstinden Friday afternoon. The Sunnmøre Police District first reported that it occurred around Blåbretinden and that they were unsure how many people may have been in the area. They later reported the avalanche hit at Storvasstinden, in the mountains between Hjørundfjord and Sykkylvsfjorden just east of Tårnet, and that three persons in a party of eight were caught in it.
“All three got out without injury,” operations leader Ole Bjørn Harang of the Sunnmøre Police District. The incident prompted a response from an air ambulance, a dog-sniffing rescue team from Lom and a Sea King helicopter from Florø. The skiing party was able, though, to leave the area on their own and would be contacted by police after their arrival at Trandal in Hjørundfjorden.
Four skiers at Trysilfjellet in Oppland County, eastern Norway, were said to have set off another smaller avalanche on Friday and one of them got caught in it, but he also survived and was uninjured. Dag Nordli of the Trysil Ski Patrol told NRK the skier was buried up to his waste while his three companions escaped the sliding snow. Nordli urged extreme caution in the area, saying the avalanche danger was high.