Tragic accident in Nagano, Japan. The American freestyle skier Kyle Smaine is dead. The world champion (2015) in the halfpipe was buried by an avalanche.

As the winter sports blog “Montain Gazette” reports, another skier died in addition to Smaine. However, this information has not yet been confirmed.

As a result, the accident happened in the unsecured area of ​​the ski area on Mount Hakuba Norikura. Smaine was there for promotional shoots. However, he was without a camera on the day of the accident, as photographer Grant Gunderson reveals in an Instagram post.

Gunderson himself also goes into his post about how the accident happened. As a result, Smaine was still on the road with another freestyle skier. On their descent, the two freestylers encountered a group of other freestylers, one of whom probably triggered the avalanche.

Smaine’s attempt to escape from the avalanche failed. His companion, on the other hand, was freed from the masses of snow. At the time of departure, the weather service had already issued an avalanche warning because it had snowed heavily the previous few days.

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