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Avy in Austria kills British teen

Came across this article earlier tonight. Found it unusual that the instructor will face a criminal investigation. Can anyone from Europe she'd some insight on the laws regarding negligence/culpability in this instance?

British teenager killed by avalanche while skiing on holiday in Austria | World news | The Guardian
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Such a shame sending prayers their way... In regards to the instructor i don't think that much will come out of it in the long run.

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I'll try and get more info on this, friend of mine is a ski guide in Kitz and does exactly what that guide does.
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We were just there last week. Curious where this was exactly because there isn't much snow there and I would never had suspected avy danger on any of the places we rode. It is very steep though
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Both father and son deployed their airbags and yet the son was killed. I wonder if they were ABS bags. If they were ABS deserves some flak.

Regardless, I am really troubled by the fact that the entire group was exposed to the avalanche hazard at the same time. That is a huge mistake with horrific consequence. I get it that at times you may not notice the hazard but with a guide, he/she should have known that it could happen.

This is not the first time I have seen an avalanche accident in Europe face a criminal investigation either.

Regardless, they were all just out to have fun. That sucks. RIP.
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well, it sounds like this happened on-resort right?

plenty of reasons/instances where a guide or instructor would have people riding in a non-bc setting where more than one person gets exposed at a time.

imo the resort and the avy control patrollers are far more culpable than the instructor/coach/guide fellow.
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They were carrying full avalanche gear and airbags and this would be normal for resort riding?

Seems to me that they knew they were traveling in avalanche terrain.
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They were carrying full avalanche gear and airbags and this would be normal for resort riding?

Seems to me that they knew they were traveling in avalanche terrain.
good point! i didn't really think about that for some reason..
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Mentions a little about European law.
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They only consider their resorts as the pistes. Its very different there. The arlberg resort converts probably 50,000 acres or so and 6-7 towns. All of their strollers and instructors wear abs packs. I doubt anything will come of it with criminal charges. Just an investigation and report of incident. We spend a week in this area, including Lech about 2 week's ago. If you want extreme terrain, Lech has it, fucking seriously extreme.... I think.in our 14 days there, we saw 2 patrollers On mtn, it's more of a wild west feel there than anywhere I Have ever been, pretty awesome. VERY dangerous if you aren't paying attention too..
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