I am very sad to report that 24-year-old Spanish freeskier Jordi Tenas has passed away in an avalanche in Las Leñas, Argentina. Jordi has been a fixture in the Las Leñas community for the past handful of years and will be greatly missed.
It’s being reported by El Sol that Jordi was in the Las Leñas backcountry near the popular ski zone Torrecillas when an avalanche struck him and fellow Spaniard, 30-year-old photographer, Txema Trull. It appears that Jordi and Trull where in their tent when a large avalanche came down on them on late Friday night/early Saturday morning. Jordi was inside the tent, was buried by the avalanche, and perished. Trull was inside the tent as well and survived buried in the snow for 15 hours before rescuers arrived. Rescuers were able to dig Txema out, extracted him from the mountain, and get him into an ambulance on the way to the hospital in San Rafael, Argentina.
Trull was treated for hypothermia in the ambulance and is currently in stable condition a Schestakow hospital in San Rafael.
Rescuers were reportedly alerted by friends who knew that Jordi and Txema were scheduled to have returned on Friday, September 20th, 2013. Rescuers immediately left for the Torrecillas area and discovered evidence of a large avalanche upon arrival. A rescue dog located Jordi and Txema’s tent buried in the snow. They found Jordi’s body inside the tent and they found Trull, alive, inside the tent as well.
video of Jordi and Trull skiing and getting caught in a different avalanche in Las Leñas this summer
Jordi Tenas has been an avid freeskier in Las Leñas, Argentina for years (since 2008, I think). He truly loved Las Leñas and had spent the entire 2013 winter season there. I suspect that Txema had spent the entire season in Las Leñas as well.
Jordi is from Barcelona, Spain and spent his northern winters skiing the Pyrenees mountains. Jordi will be greatly missed in both Las Leñas and the Pyrenees.
Las Leñas ski resort has been closed since September 14th, 2013. The area received a significant amount of new snow the past week as at least one snowstorm passed through the Las Leñas area.