A rescue crew at the Trysil ski resort in eastern Norway managed to dig an 18-year-old skier from Sweden out of an avalanche on Wednesday that he’s believed to have set off himself. He was conscious and flown to Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo with unspecified injuries.
The search for more victims was called off later in the day. Jan Lindstad of the ski resort’s operating company Skistar Trysil told state broadcaster NRK that around 15-20 other skiers on the mountain had seen the young man ski off the prepared slope and into an off-piste area “where some people want to challenge themselves,” and that always entails risk.
More soft snow fell in the area on Tuesday. The avalanche set off by the skiing was estimated at being 100-150 meters wide. The victim was found after about 15 to 20 minutes, buried under a meter of snow.
There was a massive emergency response to the avalanche from the local police, fire, the army’s Telemark Batallion stationed nearby, the Red Cross, Norwegian Rescue dogs, the Norwegian air ambulance service, a search helicopter and the ski patrol at Trysil itself who found the young man.