Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair Reported Killed in Avalanche in South America
Earlier today we were joking about the speed with which news spreads in the ski industry. How us ‘heavy hitting journalists’ are so eager to report such monumental and life altering news as ‘someone skied pow in Colorado‘. Whooopteeedoo! Sure it gets us excited, but it’s hardly life-path-altering news. Or is it? Many of us have dropped deep into this amazing freeskiing community and devoted our lives to chasing fresh turns in fresh snow in fresh places. Many have lost their lives along the way too.
Now hours later, I’m faced with a horrible dilemma. I’ve just read terribly sad news that I’m really hoping isn’t true. And since my ‘heavy hitting journalist’ comment was just a joke, I realize now that I’m not even qualified to know or decide when news is official or verified enough for us at Doglotion to share with you. Doglotion is just a hobby gone wild, a community of passionate life-long skiers eager to share the stoke and news from our community. The last thing I want to do is spread a story like this if it isn’t true. And for the most fundamentally obvious reasons, I’m still hoping it isn’t true.
So I will simply share all the resources I have found about the incident/story, to best arm you the reader with information. Because you’re already reading the rumours and awkwardly open-ended social media statuses.
With that disclaimer aside, I’m saddened to share that world-famous and world-adored freeskiers Andreas Fransson of Sweden and JP Auclair of Canada have been reported missing in an avalanche in the Aysen region of Chile. Andreas and JP are, for me, easily two of the most inspiring skiers on the planet. I’m safely assuming the same charisma and courage that makes them such groundbreaking skiers also makes them incredible human beings, though I haven’t had the fortune of meeting or skiing with either of them. I’m still referring to them in the present tense, out of hope.
Scratch that, in the time it took me to type this, there are now reports of their bodies having been found already.
The following sources are currently reporting the story online. You can help us determine the accuracy of this story by sharing information as you find it, and whatever appropriate prayers/vibes/thoughts we can collectively mind share towards making this not true. Or you can just sit back and reflect on life, skiing, risks and reward, and let us know if you strike an epiphany. That’s next on my list.
I’m going to hit publish now. I’m not yet sure it’s the right thing to do, but I’ve given my reasons. Play safe, and enjoy life to the fullest. Last time we checked you only get one, but in this case we’re hoping for another round.
Google’s translation attempt…
Were found dead the Swedish and Canadian citizens, Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair, respectively, disappeared yesterday following an avalanche on Mount San Lorenzo, Aysen region, which dragged about 700 meters.
Both came to the town to Balmaceda on September 26 and left the next day accompanied by a tour guide with the idea of getting an audiovisual record of the mountain, appropriated La Tercera.
Alerted by the emergency, police flew over the area Tuesday and only managed to spot the two bodies, more than 3,700 meters.
Onemi director Aysén Sidi Bravo confirmed to EPD News hikers were found dead by police in the Argentinean side of the mountain. It also reported that already contacted the authorities of the neighboring country to rescue them.
The accident was known, said the police captain Alvaro Herrera Radio Bio Bio after the advice of a Chilean contacted by an Argentine, who in turn had spoken with two Swedes who witnessed the avalanche.
Powder Magazine’s Story – http://www.powder.com/stories/news/jp-auclair-andreas-fransson-confirmed-dead/
Biobiochile – http://www.biobiochile.cl/2014/09/30/dos-extranjeros-permanecen-extraviados-tras-avalancha-en-monte-de-cochrane.shtml
Cooperativa – http://www.cooperativa.cl/noticias/pais/region-de-aysen/dos-personas-extraviadas-tras-avalancha-en-region-de-aysen/2014-09-30/162735.html
La Tercera – http://www.latercera.com/noticia/nacional/2014/09/680-598115-9-encuentran-cuerpos-de-excursionistas-extranjeros-extraviados-en-region-de-aysen.shtml
Pura Noticia – http://www.puranoticia.cl/front/contenido/2014/09/30/114404/dos-extranjeros-permanecen-extraviados-tras-avalancha-en-monte-de-cochrane.php
SOME JP AND ANDREAS HIGHLIGHTS:
Why? We’re not sure. That’s what people do in the digital age when people pass away. I guess it gives us a chance to relive some of the amazing moments these people shared with us. Fortunately, this video makes it clear that Andreas was well aware of the risks and rewards of pushing backcountry skiing as far as he did.