61-Year-Old Man Killed by Avalanche While Touring in French Alps Near Alpe D’Huez

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L’Alpe d’Huez, Huez, France. Credit: Hédi Benyounes | Unsplash

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.


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