Skiers swept away by avalanche at French ski resort

No deaths or injuries as rescue operation concludes.

    French officials says rescue services have launched a search after an avalanche struck at Tignes ski resort [Luca Bruno/AP/FILE]
    French officials says rescue services have launched a search after an avalanche struck at Tignes ski resort [Luca Bruno/AP/FILE]

    Many skiers were swept away by an avalanche at Tignes ski resort in the French Alps on Tuesday, prompting a rescue operation after which it was concluded there were no deaths or major injuries. 

    The avalanche hit at about 10:00am local time (0900 GMT).

    Tuesday's avalanche risk - normally assessed only for off-piste and closed slopes - was at four on a scale of five.

    At level five, all slopes are closed.

    An avalanche killed four people who were exploring an off-piste section in the same area on February 13.


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