A man was killed in an avalanche while he was skiing outside the designated course in Katashina Village, Gunma Prefecture, on Sunday.
At around noon, Shigeki Yoshida, a 36-year-old office employee, was hit by an avalanche at Maehotakayama, Fuji TV reported. He was pulled out of the snow by other skiers 20 minutes later but was in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. He was taken to hospital where he was confirmed dead.
According to police, Yoshida and a friend were back-country skiing, despite signs warning skiers not to venture off designated slopes.
An avalanche warning had been issued from Friday to Sunday due to higher-than-normal temperatures.© Japan Today