With the first real snowfall, the first avalanches come down. An avalanche an the Laub in Engelberg claimed the life of a snowboarder today.(source) The Laub is a well-known off-piste run in Engelberg, which is regularly skied from the beginning till the end of the season.
The victim was located with avalanche beacons, probes and shovels right after the accident. He was dug out after which resuscitation started. At the same time, the rescue service REGA flew out to help. Unfortunately, this help came too late. Despite the hard work of the mountain rescue, the victim didn't survive.
It has snowed heavily in and around Engelberg the last couple of days. The avalanche danger in Engelberg was 'considerable' (3 on a scale of 5) according to the avalanche services. Our condolences and thoughts go out to family and friends.