Four skiers dead in Alps avalanche
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.