Bryce Astle, 19, was the U.S. Ski Team Olympic prospect who died in an avalanche while skiing in Soelden, Austria on Monday, January 5, 2015.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. He Died Alongside Another U.S. Ski Team Olympic Prospect
Astle was born on January 16, 1995.
He died alongside fellow U.S. Ski Team Olympic prospect Ronnie Berlack.
The two were freeskiing with a group of six fellow athletes when the avalanche hit.
2. He was from Sandy, Utah
According the U.S. Ski Team’s official website:
Astle raced at Snowbird [resort] and was invited to train with the development team trip this season. He had posted strong early season results, including two top-10 NorAm Cup races last month in Canada.
Once joining the team, he competed internationally in South America and most recently Canada.
He was in Austria to train.
3. Avalanche Occurred at Austrian Ski Resorts
The avalanche occurred in Soelden, in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria, which sits in the Alps.
The two were among a group of six athletes freeskiing at the Austrian resort. The other four skied out of the slide and were not injured.
4. Signs Were Posted Warning of Avalanche Probability
According to postings on Twitter, the weather was ripe for an avalanche.
The above photo was posted just 4 hours ago from Soelden and translates to: “Avalanche Danger.”
5. No Funeral Info Yet
No information on memorial services is available yet due to the tragedy having just occurred today.
This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.