Avalanche buries several skiers in Tignes, France

07 Mar 2017 | By Mansi Motwani

According to local emergency services, several skiers were buried in the avalanche that hit the French resort of Tignes.

The snow crossed popular Carline piste, a blue ski slope classified as 'easy' at around 10 am local time.

A spokesman for the regional 'gendarmerie' (military police) said that lots of people are buried under the avalanche.

In context: The Avalanche in Tignes

InformationAbout Tignes

Tignes is a commune in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

Located in the Savoie region, it has good transport links in and out of Lyon, Geneva and Chambery.

Tignes comprises of 5 villages, all of which are best known together as a ski resort.

It was the freestyle skiing venue for the 1992 Winter Olympics and the co-host city for the 1992 Winter-Paralympics.

07 Mar 2017Avalanche buries several skiers in Tignes, France

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What rescue measures are being undertaken?

EffortsWhat rescue measures are being undertaken?

According to reports, rescuers were unable to use helicopters due to poor visibility; they had to reach the location on foot.

Four gendarmes from Bourg-Saint-Maurice, the high mountain unit, set out to the accident spot with a sniffer dog and a doctor.

A local source said that ski run staff are "heavily involved" in trying to locate those under the snow.

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