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JP Auclair and Andreas Fransson Killed in Avalanche

Freeskiers had been filming on Chile's Mount San Lorenzo

Mount San Lorenzo forms the border between Patagonian Chile and Argentina. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
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According to reports from the Chilean news website Biobio Chile, Canadian freeskier JP Auclair and Swede Andreas Fransson died in an avalanche on 12,159-foot Mount San Lorenzo, a prominent peak that forms the border between Patagonian Chile and Argentina. The first news of the incident, which happened Monday afternoon local time, came by satellite phone to the police station at Cochrane, a tiny town on the east side of the Northern Patagonian Icefield that climbers use to access the mountain.

Auclair’s last Facebook post was on September 26: “Road trip down south with a great crew. back at it with @andreasfransson99 @bjarnesalen and @danielronnback for #apogeeskiing and very much looking forward to the days ahead.”

Auclair, 37, was born in Quebec and has been a fixture on the freeskiing and ski-movie scene for the better part of the last two decades. Fans of the Sherpas Cinema movie All.I.Can will remember his segment skiing through the streets of Trail, British Columbia. Auclair is one of the founders of Armada skis.

Overflights of the mountain by local authorities on Tuesday confirmed two bodies high on the mountain.

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