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3 instructors guilty after avalanche death
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The accident happened in Tignes, France, in December 2012. A 20-year old female trainee instructor was killed during an exercise.

The three instructors worked for the organisation UCPA and were conducting a training session off piste after heavy snow.

30 people were under their supervision.

They have each been given a 1-year suspended jail sentence and banned from ski teaching for a year.

The case was heard last June and the court released its judgement on Friday.

We reported on the accident at the time as it unfolded here on PlanetSKI.

The accident happened late morning under the old Aeroski lift that goes from Tignes Le Lac on the north face of the Tovier sector.

Many questioned why the group was off piste in the first place and why some did not have the correct safety equipment.

The 20-year old trainee was under the snow for around 30 minutes and helicopters were unable to fly due to high winds.

Dozens and dozens of locals joined in the search and rescue operation as they searched with their bare hands and with shovels & probes.

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The avalanche danger was 4 on a scale of 5 and it means the risk of avalanche was "high".

Level 4:

Triggering is likely even from low additional loads on many steep slopes. In some cases, numerous medium-sized and often large-sized natural avalanches can be expected.

Many exposed sectors are endangered. Safety measures recommended in those places.

Unfavourable conditions. Extensive experience in the assessment of avalanche danger is required. Remain in moderately steep terrain / heed avalanche run out zones.

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