No deaths in avalanche at French Alpine ski resort

 This file handout photo taken and realeased on Feb 13, 2017 and made available by Radio Val d'Isere in Tignes, in the French Alps shows an avalanche site in an off-piste area after an avalanche engulfed nine people, killing at least four.
This file handout photo taken and realeased on Feb 13, 2017 and made available by Radio Val d'Isere in Tignes, in the French Alps shows an avalanche site in an off-piste area after an avalanche engulfed nine people, killing at least four.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS, AFP ) – No-one was killed in an avalanche at the French Alpine ski resort of Tignes on Tuesday (March 7) that was earlier reported to have swept away many skiers, the ski station said. 

“Several skiers have been shaken up and taken care of by resort personnel. Emergency staff were deployed immediately. After the search operations, there are no victims to report,” a statement from the resort said.

The avalanche hit at about 10am (5pm Singapore).

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 Feb 13.