Four skiers dead in Alps avalanche

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

AT least four skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps, the dead­li­est of the win­ter so far.

Another per­son was in­jured and has been hos­pi­talised, while their guide es­caped un­harmed from the avalanche in the area around En­traunes in the south­ern Alps. They were swept away while ski­ing off-piste near the Mer­can­tour Na­tional Park, not far from France’s bor­der with Italy.

“These val­leys are highly pop­u­lar with off-piste skiers be­cause it’s beau­ti­ful and wild,” Christophe Ol­livier, a lo­cal of­fi­cial in nearby Ve­subie, said.

The skiers had started out to­ward the Cay­olle pass with their guide at around 10am.

The French Alps have ex­pe­ri­enced heavy snow­fall from a blast of icy weather from Siberia, dubbed “the Beast from the East”, which has en­gulfed Europe.

“A lot of snow had fallen these past few days and the warmer weather since Thurs­day has desta­bilised the fresh snow­pack,” said Jean-Gabriel Delacroy of the Alpes-Mar­itimes pre­fec­ture.

The French Alps.

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