At least four dead in French Alps avalanche
PARIS — At least four skiers were killed in an avalanche Monday in the French Alps near the resort of Tignes, and rescuers say they are trying to dig out five others from the snow with shovels. Many in the group are reported to be related. By mid-afternoon, the town of Tignes said that chances of finding survivors among those five “are slim.” The avalanche — about 100 metres wide and 400 metres long — struck the mountain about 2,100 metres in altitude in an off-piste sector known as Toviere. The area is popular for its extensive slopes and stunning views. A group of nine people had been skiing off piste with a guide near the main Tignes slopes when the avalanche hit, according to the Republican Company for Alps Security in the town of Albertville. Many were members of the same family, according to the Tignes statement. The skiers are believed to be French and were equipped with locator devices, it said.