A picture taken on April 2, 2016 shows World champion Switzerland's Estelle Balet celebrating with champagn after she won the women's snowboard event at the Bec des Rosses during the Verbier Xtreme Freeride World Tour final above the Swiss Alps resort of Verbier. 
An avalanche in the Swiss Alps on April 19, 2016 swept away two-time world extreme snowboard champion Estelle Balet to her death, police said. The 21-year-old Swiss woman, who had won her second title on the Freeride World Tour only two weeks ago, was making a film when she was killed, Swiss police said in a statement. Balet was speeding down a slope on her snowboard when the avalanche started and carried her away, police added. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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A picture taken on April 2, 2016 shows World champion Switzerland's Estelle Balet celebrating with champagn after she won the women's snowboard event at the Bec des Rosses during the Verbier Xtreme Freeride World Tour final above the Swiss Alps resort of Verbier. An avalanche in the Swiss Alps on April 19, 2016 swept away two-time world extreme snowboard champion Estelle Balet to her death, police said. The 21-year-old Swiss woman, who had won her second title on the Freeride World Tour only two weeks ago, was making a film when she was killed, Swiss police said in a statement. Balet was speeding down a slope on her snowboard when the avalanche started and carried her away, police added. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Estelle Balet killed in avalanche in Swiss Alps

Snowboarder won back-to-back Freeride World Tour titles

21-year-old was filming above village of Orsieres

Balet reported to have been wearing safety equipment

CNN —  

Swiss snowboard champion Estelle Balet has been killed in an avalanche.

The 21-year-old Balet, who was the Freeride World Tour champion, had been filming above the village of Orsieres in the Swiss Alps Tuesday when the avalanche struck.

She was reported to be wearing safety equipment including a location device in the event of an avalanche as well as a helmet and an airbag to help stay above sliding snow.

“Despite immediate efforts to revive her, she died at the scene,” Valais police said in a statement. “An investigation has been started to determine the causes of the accident.”

The Freeride World Tour, a global extreme snowboarding event, said in a statement: “Estelle Balet was a naturally gifted shining star and demonstrated remarkable talent … bringing home her second title as World Champion just a few weeks ago in Verbier.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Estelle Balet as we send our deepest sympathy and condolences during this very difficult time.”

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