Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy:

U.S. Ski Team Prospects Killed In Avalanche

Two prospective members of the U.S. Ski Team, 19-year-old Bryce Astle and 20-year-old Ronnie Berlack, were killed in an avalanche Monday.

Two promising skiers from the U.S. Ski Team were killed during an avalanche Monday.

19-year-old Bryce Astle and 20-year-old Ronnie Berlack were freeskiing near the Rettenbach glacier near the location of the U.S. Ski Team's training base in Austria when they were caught in an avalanche. 

The two men were part of the U.S. Development Ski Team, which trains new skiers. Berlack, seen here in a Weather Channel interview, joined the team in 2013 after finishing strong at the U.S. Alpine Championship.

Astle joined the team this season, earning two top-10 results at the NorAm Cup in Canada last month. He had recently launched a crowdfunding effort to help pay for his expenses to join the team.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association CEO Tiger Shaw said the men were "outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport. ... Both of them loved what they did and conveyed that to those around them."

Officials say an avalanche alert had been issued in the area Monday. Four other skiers who were with the two men managed to escape the slide.

This video includes images from Bested / CC BY SA 3.0, Leo-setä / CC BY 2.0.

Featured Stories
Flowers and candles are placed outside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul.

Suspect In The Istanbul New Year's Eve Nightclub Attack Confesses

Relatives of passengers who were on the missing MH370 flight.

Relatives Of Missing MH370 Passengers Face Suspended Search Efforts

Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell in "A Night at the Roxbury."

When It Comes To Numbers For Women In Film, It Might As Well Be 1998

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Coverage