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Update to Avalanche at Cerro Catedral

August 14th, 2008 Posted in sports, weather

Written by Jamie

As I posted earlier in the month, there was an avalanche at Cerro Catedral, the local ski resort.

I was recently contacted by the director of Sales and Marketing of South America Snow Sessions (SASS), who was involved in the incident.

Apparently some of the facts in the ANB article were erroneous. Below is a statement from SASS describing the August 3 event.

Sunday August 3rd the SASS team ventured into fresh snow in an area in Cerro Catedral above the princessa 3 lift with every member of the team outfitted with full avalanche equipment (backpack, beacon, shovel, probe). When the second team member began his descent the snow failed and an avalanche occurred. The SASS team,  Cerro Catedral Patrol as well as volunteers were involved in the search efforts to look for the victim. The victim was found alive and with only minor injuries to the knee in 7 minutes by SASS team member using an avalanche beacon. SASS would like to thank the patrol staff of Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia, the local police authorities, the search and rescue team and anyone else that assisted in the recovery effort.

Besides the obvious good news that the victim only had minor injuries, some other good will come out of this incident.

There is discussion of starting a program to teach and promote snow safety and avalanche awareness in the local community. This is something the area could greatly benefit from.

As we learn more information about the new program, we will post it here.  

Video of avalanche can now be found here.

  1. 8 Responses to “Update to Avalanche at Cerro Catedral”

  2. By gisele on Feb 3, 2011

    Is there a particular time of the year when avalanches are more likely to occur?

  3. By Patagonia on Feb 4, 2011

    Hi Gisele,

    Normally in the Winter and Spring months, from July to October.

    Suerte, Jamie

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