Estelle Balet 1994-2016
Photo Credit: Estelle Balet Facebook Page
April 22, 2016 ! On the Earth Day’s 46th anniversary we shared a beautiful video I am ice. Liam Neeson gives his most chilling performance yet as Ice, by Nature Conservation International.
And now a beautiful video published by NASA on the 19 April 2016. NASA monitors Earth's vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns.
The International Space Station hosts a variety of payloads and experiments supporting climate research, weather predictions, hurricane monitoring, pollution.
However this post of Earth Day is our tribute to the young snowboarding champion Estelle Balet another victim of climate change.
Estelle Balet celebrated her win in Verbier just two weeks ago
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Swiss snowboarding champion Estelle Balet who was killed in an avalanche on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, after a slab of snow broke away during a film shoot in Switzerland and swept her down a narrow, rocky slope.
"It is with heavy hearts that we report Estelle Balet, 21, reigning Freeride World Tour Champion was caught in an avalanche and killed early Tuesday morning while filming in the backcountry of Le Portale, located above the Swiss resort of Orsières in Mont Blanc massif."
Balet was the second rider to drop into a ravine when an avalanche broke above her and swept her more than 3,000 feet down the terrain. Valais state police said in a statement that rescuers were able to free Balet, who had been wearing special safety equipment, but she died at the scene.
Police say the 21-year-old Swiss athlete was struck early on Tuesday morning while filming above Orsieres, near Switzerland’s southern border with France and Italy. She had been following another snowboarder, who wasn’t caught in the avalanche.
Balet recently won the Freeride World Tour. She was a member of watchmaker Swatch’s professional team.
Estelle Balet 1994-2016/ Instagram
Freeride snowboarding takes place away from prepared routes and athletes are often at more risk of being caught in avalanches due to riding off piste.
One of the last photos posted by Estelle last week on her Instagram with the comment:
“Leave me here for a while… Another good day in the sun with legends.👸 #myhappyplace #luckiestgirlintheworld”
Unfortunately, avalanches are the cause of climate change, one of the main objectives of the Earth Day awareness.
In recent years, there were several tragic victims caused by avalanches in different world countries.
RIP Estelle !