23-year-Old Dies In Avalanche Near Nevados de Chillan

Heavy snowfall and extreme wind events in Chile have created hazardous conditions in many backcountry zones in South America. By Leslie Hittmeier
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We regret to report that a 23-year-old skier died in an avalanche while skiing near the ski resort of Nevados de Chillan on August 3. 

Luciano Cueneo Olhaberry, who was from the coastal city Viña del Mar, was reportedly skiing in the backcountry in an area called Elephante near Nevados de Chillan with a friend when they were caught in an avalanche. Olhaberry’s partner was able to escape and notify rescuers who responded quickly and recovered Olhaberry within 50 minutes, according to the newspaper Crónica Chillán. 

Olhaberry was transported to a hospital but died shortly after admission from injuries and severe hypothermia. 

Olhaberry was not wearing an avalanche beacon, and he didn’t have a probe or shovel. A storm delivered a foot of new snow on August 2, and there was a lot of wind transport on August 3, so backcountry conditions were unstable in many areas.

Meanwhile, more than 300 miles north at Valley Nevado, the upper mountain is forecasted to receive 19-feet of snow in the next four days according to snow-forecast.com.

We regret to report that a 23-year-old skier died in an avalanche while skiing near the ski resort of Nevados de Chillan on August 3. 

Luciano Cueneo Olhaberry, who was from the coastal city Viña del Mar, was reportedly skiing in the backcountry in an area called Elephante near Nevados de Chillan with a friend when they were caught in an avalanche. Olhaberry’s partner was able to escape and notify rescuers who responded quickly and recovered Olhaberry within 50 minutes, according to the newspaper Crónica Chillán. 

Olhaberry was transported to a hospital but died shortly after admission from injuries and severe hypothermia. 

Olhaberry was not wearing an avalanche beacon, and he didn’t have a probe or shovel. A storm delivered a foot of new snow on August 2, and there was a lot of wind transport on August 3, so backcountry conditions were unstable in many areas, but blue skies may have given the skiers a false sense of security.

Meanwhile, more than 300 miles north at Valle Nevado, the upper mountain is forecasted to receive 19-feet of snow in the next four days according to snow-forecast.com.

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