Tignes avalanche: Skiers swept away in French Alps tragedy

Avalanche hits French ski slope, many skiers trapped: Police

Avalanche hits French ski slope, many skiers trapped: Police

There are no immediate reports of any fatalities or injuries.

An avalanche struck France's Tignes ski resort in the country's southeastern Alps region Tuesday morning, and although several skiers were battered around by the rushing snow, no deaths have been reported. "After the search operations, there are no victims to report", a statement from the ski resort said. Initially, officials said there were many skiers who were swept by the avalanche and buried under the snow.

"According to witnesses, there are many people under the avalanche", a regional spokesman for the French Gendarmerie told the Dauphiné Liberé newspaper.

"The rescue operation is made very hard by the lack of visibility which prevents the sending of helicopters, the rescuers having to go on foot".

Skiers were knocked around by an avalanche at a French ski resort Tuesday.

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Last month four snowboarder were killed when an avalanche hit the same area of off-piste.

TV pictures showed firefighters' vehicles and ambulances at the scene.

The avalanche risk was high, rated at four on a scale of five. All slopes are closed at level five.

In January 29 people died after a hotel at an Italian ski resort was struck by an avalanche.