A British skier on holiday died in an avalanche in the French Alps on Friday. The unnamed 61-year-old was skiing with his six friends and two guides near Alpe D’Huez, a popular resort in France.
A huge slab of snow broke off the mountain 330-feet above the group and slid into the victim and his group, who were skiing in a wooded backcountry area. The man, from Jersey, died at the scene while one of his friends and a guide were treated in hospital.
“The avalanche occurred at 2000 meters altitude, in the town of Monêtier-les-Bains, on a usual ski touring route leading to Roche Bernard Ridge”, said Raphaël Balland, public prosecutor who has opened the investigation.
The avalanche risk in the area had been classed as “low” – one on a scale of one-to-five.