Jump to content
SnowJapan Community
  • Sign Up

Recommended Posts

Someone who I respected a lot passed away in an avalanche in Chile.

 

 

Quebec extreme skier Jean-Philippe Auclair was found dead after an avalanche that struck San Lorenzo mountain in Patagonia on Monday.

National Geographic's Carl Andreas Fransson, originally of Sweden, was also found dead.

Chilean police officers and members of the armed forces recovered their bodies in a joint rescue operation.

Authorities said Fransson and Auclair arrived in the Aysen region of Chile's Patagonia on Thursday along with two other tourists from Sweden. They had been hiking the 3,600-metre mountain and disappeared when a wall of rocks and snow cascaded down, dragging them to a stream in Argentine territory.

 

The two survivors in the group were treated at a local hospital, and police said they provided information to help locate the bodies.

 

The regional director of Chile's Emergency Service, Sidi Bravo, said 90 per cent of the people who go missing in the hard-to-reach area are never found. "It was lucky to have found them and to be able to recover them," Bravo said.

 

Officials said the bodies would be removed by Argentine authorities and were expected to be examined by the forensic medical service in Rio Gallegos, Argentina, before being returned to their homelands.

Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs issued a written statement saying it is aware of reports indicating that a Canadian citizen may have been affected by an avalanche at Chile-Argentina border. The statement also says Canadian consular officials are in contact with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance.

 

Auclair was world renowned in the extreme skiing community. He was featured in this widely acclaimed video produced by Sherpas Cinemas:

 

Here he is skiing in Japan.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Liz Daley died as well in an unrelated slide in Sth America, as well.

 

Sad day in the snow world :(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ouch! Just logged into e-mail and found the notice from TGR. And snowboarder Liz Daley also killed in a separate accident, TGR said in Chile but a commenter said her's was in Argentina. RIP to all three great athletes.

 

It is with great sadness today that the ski world learned of the deaths of pro-skiers J.P. Auclair and Andreas Fransson. Our thoughts and prayers go out the families and friends of J.P. and Andreas, and with the greater ski community. The pair was caught in a 700-meter slide on the North-side of Monte San Lorenzo, Chile while filming for a new project titled, “Apogee Skiing”.TGR had the great privilege to work with J.P. Auclair in our 1999 film Area 51. His segments with Poor Boyz Productions and Sherpas Cinemas have inspired a generation of skiers. For over twenty years he has been a pioneer in the ski industry, working hard to positively promote the sport we all love.In an interview with Backcountry Magazine’s Tyler Cohen last September, Fransson stated, “I don’t like to talk about statistics anymore, because statistics don’t work for the individual. Only for the masses.” I can say that these two people are exactly that, individuals. People who inspired us in the masses to do something, create, and have goals. In the end we have to thank people like J.P. Auclair, Andreas Fransson, Shane McConkey, Sarah Burke, and so many others for inspiring us to something more with the day in front of us. Ski in peace J.P. Auclair and Andreas Fransson.You will be missed but your memory continues to inspire.After publication we learned about the passing of snowboarder Liz Daley in a separate incident also in Chile. We will inform you as we learn more details about this tragic accident.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

JP features in this clip - in my humble opinion one of the best short videos I have ever seen both for JP's talent and the most amazing cinematography.

 

Big screen and turn up the volume!!

 

http://vimeo.com/32863936

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Someone who I respected a lot passed away in an avalanche in Chile.

 

 

Quebec extreme skier Jean-Philippe Auclair was found dead after an avalanche that struck San Lorenzo mountain in Patagonia on Monday.

National Geographic's Carl Andreas Fransson, originally of Sweden, was also found dead.

 

Chilean police officers and members of the armed forces recovered their bodies in a joint rescue operation.

 

Authorities said Fransson and Auclair arrived in the Aysen region of Chile's Patagonia on Thursday along with two other tourists from Sweden. They had been hiking the 3,600-metre mountain and disappeared when a wall of rocks and snow cascaded down, dragging them to a stream in Argentine territory.

 

The two survivors in the group were treated at a local hospital, and police said they provided information to help locate the bodies.

 

The regional director of Chile's Emergency Service, Sidi Bravo, said 90 per cent of the people who go missing in the hard-to-reach area are never found. "It was lucky to have found them and to be able to recover them," Bravo said.

 

Officials said the bodies would be removed by Argentine authorities and were expected to be examined by the forensic medical service in Rio Gallegos, Argentina, before being returned to their homelands.

 

Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs issued a written statement saying it is aware of reports indicating that a Canadian citizen may have been affected by an avalanche at Chile-Argentina border. The statement also says Canadian consular officials are in contact with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance.

 

Auclair was world renowned in the extreme skiing community. He was featured in this widely acclaimed video produced by Sherpas Cinemas:

 

Here he is skiing in Japan.

 

http://vimeo.com/5038817

 

 

"Free and Stoked"

 

.....yaah...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  

sjf2019l.png

About SnowJapan

SnowJapan.com is the independent guide to skiing and snowboarding in Japan and has been online since 1999.

SnowJapan.com covers the whole of Japan. We are here to introduce the world to unbiased, honest and detailed information about winter sports in Japan. We publish exclusive and in-depth and daily content throughout the winter season and we add new functionality and content to the site every year.

We are not here to promote any specific destinations or resorts, or to sell our readers any kind of products or services. We are not a travel agency and we do not own any ski resorts, ski schools, accommodations or other related businesses.

×