Avalanche in French Alps kills four at Tignes resort, five still missing

Avalanche in French Alps kills four at Tignes resort, five still missing

An avalanche has buried nine skiers at a popular French ski resort (stock photo)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Four people have died after an avalanche swept through an off-piste section of a popular French skiing destination.

Police say five people remain missing after the avalanche hit a section of the Tignes resort in south-east France, burying the group of nine people. 

Local reports had placed Tignes on a level three avalanche warning out of five at the time of the incident. The slide of snow was reported to be roughly 400 metres (1,300ft) wide, striking at an altitude of 2,100 metres. 

Rescue services have deployed helicopters to help search for the skiers, while workers attempt to shift snow on the ground. 

Tignes is a popular resort with British tourists, many of whom fly out during the half-term holidays. 

More information as it develops.