The Vallée Blanche in Chamonix, France. (file photo: Cactus26)

Skier Dies in Chamonix Crevasse

Chamonix, France – An unguided pair of Russian skiers fell into a crevasse near the Aiguille du Midi on Chamonix’s famed Vallée Blanche over the weekend, leaving one victim dead.

An unidentified 30-year-old man slipped and fell into the crevasse on Saturday, as did his 60-year-old father when the latter attempted to rescue his son.

The Vallée Blanche in Chamonix, France. (file photo: Cactus26)
The Vallée Blanche in Chamonix, France. (file photo: Cactus26)

Rescuers were notified by a friend of the pair on Sunday morning that they did not return from their day of skiing on Saturday. Searchers recovered the son’s body on Sunday afternoon from a crevasse in the mountain’s Géant Serac sector, while his father was found wandering on the glacier after self-extricating from the crevasse.

While guide service to descend the Vallée Blanche ski route is strongly recommended due to the unique nature of glacier travel, it is not required.

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