Avalanche hits French ski slope, engulfing many skiers: police

By AFP
Published: March 7, 2017
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A general view of the alpine ski resort in Tignes, France, March 15, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

A general view of the alpine ski resort in Tignes, France, March 15, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

TIGNES, FRANCE: An avalanche swamped a ski slope in the popular French Alps resort of Tignes on Tuesday, engulfing “many” skiers, police said.

Rescue workers and sniffer dogs are being deployed and staff at the sprawling resort are being mobilised, a journalist said at the scene.

“According to witnesses there are many people under the avalanche,” a police spokesman said.

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Poor visibility is so far preventing the deployment of helicopters.

The avalanche hit at about 10:00 am (0900 GMT).

Tuesday’s avalanche risk – normally assessed only for off-piste and closed slopes – was at four on a scale of five.

At level five, all slopes are closed.

An avalanche killed four people who were exploring an off-piste section in the same area on February 13.

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Mar 7, 2017 - 8:03PM

    every ski season there are scores of accidents . its up to the people to be safe rather than blame the government or sports teachers. Recommend

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