Alpine ski resorts have had a over 2 feet of snow this past weekend, causing avalanches that have killed 4 so far. None of the deaths occurred in marked areas, but with this much new snow, skiing is much more hazardous than normal.
An American died Monday in the French resort of Tignes after apparently falling into a lake while off-piste skiing, rescue services said. The victim’s identity and the exact circumstances of the death were not immediately clear.
In nearby Val d’Isere, a 19-year-old Swede was swept away by an avalanche to his death after skiing off marked trails.
Avalanches also were responsible Monday for a number of injuries in France and Switzerland, where four skiers were hurt near the resort of Verbier after being caught up in a 1,000-foot-wide snowslide.
“People by themselves can continue to easily activate avalanches,” the Davos-based Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research said in its Monday evening bulletin.
On Saturday, a 45-year-old woman was killed while snow shoeing near the Alpine resort of Les Diablerets _ the season’s 17th avalanche victim in Switzerland.
A 28-year-old Norwegian tourist also died in a landslide on an Italian mountain while sightseeing.
Switzerland was just one of several European countries blanketed by blizzards over the weekend, when up to 2 feet of snow also closed roads, rail lines and airports in parts of Germany and France. via BREITBART.COM