An avalanche in America has killed a ski patroller who worked at Queenstown’s The Remarkables for the past five seasons.
Andre Hartlief was backcountry skiing with two other men on a steep slope near Wolf Creek Pass, Colorado, when an avalanche buried him last Thursday.
Up to 40 people worked into the night to retrieve his body.
Hartlief – who was off-duty that day – was working on a ski patrol exchange programme with Keystone Ski Resort.
Six people have been killed in Colorado avalanches this season.
The Remarkables Ski Area manager Ross Lawrence says Australian-born Hartlief was “a very confident guy in the field and well-respected amongst his peers”.
“Andre certainly had a passion for the mountains and a strong desire to do well in his chosen field.”
Hartlief had also worked at Colorado’s Snowmass and Arapahoe Basin ski areas.
An obituary in Colorado’s Aspen Daily News states: “His contagious smile and thirst for life was inspiring”.