NEWS

Avalanche Hits Popular French Ski Resort Weeks After Deadly Slip Nearby

07/03/2017 3:59 PM IST | Updated 07/03/2017 4:53 PM IST
Serge Mouraret via Getty Images
A road sign is seen on the side of a mountain road after a snow fall in Tignes on January 15 this year
Serge Mouraret via Getty Images
A road sign is seen on the side of a mountain road after a snow fall in Tignes on January 15 this year

An avalanche struck the French ski resort of Tignes on Tuesday, just weeks after a deadly slip in the same town.

Initial reports said several skiers were buried under a mass of snow and ice. Authorities later confirmed nobody had been injured.

Pictures from the scene show chaotic scenes on a hillside.

The risk of an avalanche at Tignes had been rated four out of five.

Last month, four people were killed in an avalanche at the same resort.

The town is a popular choice for British holidaymakers, particularly in ski season.

HuffPost / Google Maps
Tignes is a popular ski resort in south-eastern France, near Grenoble

As the situation developed, a police spokesperson said several people were buried when the avalanche came down on a busy ski slope, Le Dauphine reported.

The incident occurred just after 10 am GMT.

Poor weather in the resort prevented the use of rescue helicopters.

More On This Topic

SPONSORED BY &PRIVÉ HD