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Jean-Philippe Auclair and Andreas Fransson killed in Chile
Jean-Philippe Auclair and Andreas Fransson killed in Chile

Jean-Philippe Auclair and Andreas Fransson killed in Chile

Two of the world’s top skiers, JP Auclair and Andreas Fransson, have been killed following an avalanche in the Andes.

The men, from Canada and Sweden respectively, were swept away while climbing Monte San Lorenzo, a peak on the Chile-Argentina border.

The pair were accompanied by cameraman Bjarne Salen and photographer Daniel Ronnback, both of whom escaped unharmed.

Local authorities confirmed the deaths of Auclair, 37, and Fransson, 31 after spotting their bodies during a fly-over of the mountain.

Neither body has been recovered due to the treacherous conditions at the site of the accident, said Captain Alvaro Herrera of the Carabineros police force in Chile.

The group had arrived in the area last week to film their adventures for an upcoming video series, according to Fransson’s Facebook page.

As a member of the New Canadian Air Force, Auclair has been credited with helping to pioneer modern freeskiing. He also went on to co-found Armada Skis.

Fransson was nearly killed by an avalanche on the Aiguille de Verte in the French Alps four years ago, but escaped with a broken neck.

His close friend and fellow extreme skier Magnus Kastengren was killed in New Zealand last year while on a trip with Fransson when he slipped off a ridge at Mount Cook and plunged 600 metres to his death.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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