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Avalanche death in Val d'Isere
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A Spanish man has died and two other people have been injured in two separate avalanches in the French resort. Authorities across the Alps urge caution after the fresh snow. UPDATED

The first avalanche happened at 10.30 on Tuesday morning as a group was skiing off piste in the Bellevarde area. 

It was 120m long and 80m wide.

Two people were caught but they were dug out by the rescue service.

A third person escaped the slide.

One was under the snow for 5 minutes and was dug out 1.5m down.

They were both wearing avalanche transceivers and are being treated in hospital in Grenoble.  

Their condition is said to be serious but stable.

In the second avalanche that happened one hour later four Spanish skiers were caught.

None was wearing an avalanche transceiver.

15 mountain rescuers with 2 dogs searched for them.

They were found but one man, reported as 37-years old, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Val d'Isere has seen up to 60cm of fresh snow in recent days and the risk was put at 4 on a scale of 5.

There is no base after a poor start to the season and conditions are very dangerous.

Here at PlanetSKI we will bring you further details and information later.

NEWS UPDATE:

We are getting reports of another fatal avalanche in France.

A 30-year old man from the Czech Republic was killed in the area of Saint-Colomban-des-Villards and La Toussuire, in the Savoie area of France.

The avalanche was 800m in length.

He reportedly had an airbag but it failed to save his life.

We will bring you further details shortly.

Last week two people died in an avalanche in Chamonix; see here for details on that accident.

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