World champion freestyle skier dies after an avalanche in Japan

GUNMA, Jan 30 ( - Kyle Smaine along with an unnamed Austrian has died after a tragic avalanche on the Hakuba Norikura mountain of Japan

Former world champion skier Kyle Smaine has died after an avalanche hit, while they were on the Hakuba Norikura mountain near the Tsugaike ski resort in Japan.

Smaine who was a freestyle skier from the U.S. died while he was filming a marketing campaign for Ikon pass and Nagano Tourism.

Reports about the incident stated that another fellow professional skier Adam U was also on the mountain when the avalanche hit and was trapped for over 25 minutes on the 2,469 metres mountain.

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