New Zealand woman killed by avalanche while skiing in Switzerland

Christchurch-born Jodie Pralong died in hospital after being caught in a avalanche in the Swiss Alps.
Christchurch-born Jodie Pralong died in hospital after being caught in a avalanche in the Swiss Alps. Photo credit: Facebook

A New Zealander has died in an avalanche that swept her and her husband away in the Swiss Alps.

Christchurch-born Jodie Pralong, her Swiss husband Yannick Pralong and two others were skiing in Switzerland's Valais canton near the Italian border on Saturday, February 24, when an avalanche buried Ms Pralong and partially buried the other three, NZME reported. 

Mr Pralong managed to pull his wife out and a helicopter rescued the group and took them to hospital.

Ms Pralong died from her injuries later that night at a hospital in Sion.

Her father, Des Peters, told NZME it had been a "rough" time for the family.

"It has been very tough for all of us, especially her mother Pauline and twin sister.

"She and Abbie were very tight.

"Jodie was a very outgoing woman, incredibly active and adventurous."

She had been living overseas with her husband.

The pair met about 12 years ago at The Remarkables skifield, and got married a few years later, Mr Peters says.

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