The victims are “a monitor of the station”, a 48-year-old father, his 15-year-old son and his 19-year-old stepson.
Four people died in Tignes (Savoie) on Monday (February 13th), in the deadliest avalanche since the start of the ski season, announced the sub-prefect. The four snowboarders were off-piste, preparing to descend a steep slope when the avalanche hit, officials said.
Avalanche 400 meters wide
The avalanche was probably caused by shock waves of strong winds against a thick slab of snow. This avalanche, which was 400 meters wide, occurred during French school holidays. The risk of avalanche on Monday was at three on a scale of one to five, according to the French weather forecast website MeteoFrance.
“The avalanche of 400 meters wide was triggered on the off-road sector of Tovière. A windscreen stuck out as a group of skiers went on vacation in the resort, supervised by a professional,” the station wrote in a statement.
Thirteen accidents in the Alps and the Pyrenees
Before the recent accident, there had been 13 avalanche accidents in the Alps and the Pyrenees, which had resulted in a total of three deaths.
Last season, forty-five accidents caused a total of twenty-one deaths. The deadliest avalanche occurred on January 18, 2016 when eleven soldiers were swept away during a training session on a runway in Valfréjus (Savoie). Five were killed instantly and a sixth died a few days later.
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