The crack in the snow on the Portalet mountain where an avalanche killed Freeride World Champion snowboarder Estelle Balet is pictured in Oriseres, Switzerland, April 19, 2016. Police Cantonale Valaisanne/Handout via REUTERS

A 21-year-old Swiss snowboarding champion died in an avalanche on Tuesday after a slab of snow broke away during a film shoot in Switzerland and swept her down a narrow, rocky slope. Estelle Balet, who won the Freeride World Tour in 2015 and 2016, died in the one km long avalanche above the Swiss village of Orsières despite efforts of emergency crews to save her, police in the canton of Valais said in a statement. Last year, Balet became the youngest champion of the Freeride World Tour, in which skiers and snowboarders compete by riding down steep, often-rocky ungroomed slopes.


Posted: April 19, 2016, 1:37 pm
(Adds that Balet was 2016 Freeride World Tour champ) ZURICH, April 19 (Reuters) - A 21-year-old Swiss snowboarding champion died in an avalanche on Tuesday after a slab of snow broke away during a film shoot in Switzerland and swept her down a narrow, rocky slope. Estelle Balet, who won the Freeride World Tour in 2015 and 2016, died in the one km long avalanche above the Swiss village of Orsières despite efforts of emergency crews to save her, police in the canton of Valais said in a statement. Last year, Balet became the youngest champion of the Freeride World Tour, in which skiers and snowboarders compete by riding down steep, often-rocky ungroomed slopes.
Posted: April 19, 2016, 1:18 pm

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