American freestyle skier kyle smaine he had died after being caught in an avalanche.
The 31-year-old athlete was skiing in the Nagano prefecture on the central Japanese island of Honshu when he died after the avalanche hit, his father said. William Smain confirmed to NBC News on January 29.
At least five men, all foreign nationals from the United States and Austria, were trapped in the avalanche, a Nagano police spokesman said, according to Reuters. Three of the skiers were able to get down the mountain on their own after the avalanche. Unfortunately, Kyle and another skier, who has not yet been identified, were found without vital signs.
Just hours before the incident, Kyle shared a video of himself skiing while listening to lizzois “Good as hell”.
“This is what brings me back to Japan every winter,” he wrote on January 29. “Amazing snow quality, continuous storms and some really fun terrain that seems to get better more than explore more.”
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