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    Man who missed tsunami by canceling plans dies in avalanche

    Bay Area native Daniel Berk had planned to spend the Christmas holiday in Sri Lanka, getting his scuba certificate, but canceled his plans at the last minute. He missed the deadly tsunami, but on Saturday, he was killed in an avalanche while snowboarding off-trail in the Austrian Alps.

    Berk, 31, who grew up in San Mateo, had been living in Munich as a consultant for Intel Corp. for several years and was scheduled to be transferred back to the Bay Area in March, said his sister Valerie Berni of Tigard, Ore.

    He had taken up snowboarding while living in Germany and frequently visited the Alps. On Saturday, he was snowboarding in the Austrian Alps with three friends who were above him on the mountain and saw him overtaken by the avalanche, Berni said.

    The avalanche, which the Associated Press said had a width of about 300 yards, occurred at about 7,550 feet in an off-trail area in the western province of Tyrol. The AP said the area was "popular with thrill-seekers looking for deep, untouched powder."

    Two Canadians, ages 40 and 57, were also killed, and another was seriously injured in the avalanche, the AP reported.


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    Apparently it was just this guys time to go.

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    When your numbers up... it's up