The return to sunny weather brought skiers and ski tourers out in force today in the Savoie/Haute-Savoie with two fatalities and 4 injured in at least 9 separate incidents. This brings to 9 the number of fatalities in the French Alps since Friday. The worst three day period since the 20th February, 2006. This brings the provisional total of fatalities to 25 for the year.
In the Maurienne the rescue services attended avalanches at the ski resorts of Termignon and La Norma and another incident at Pralognan-le-Vanoise. In the Pralognan incident a track was seen entering the slide but a search did not find any victim. At 14h30 four ski tourers triggered an avalanche at Champagny-en-Vanoise in the Glières sector. One skier was buried and did not survive.
At midday there was a large avalanche in the North Couloir of the pointe d’Areu in the Aravis. The slide measured 250m wide by 1000m. Three skiers were taken by the avalanche and one was completely buried. Located with his beacon the man did not survive.
At Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise an avalanche resulted in one injured and across the valley at les Arcs another incident injured two skiers. In the same area an avalanche at Peisey-Vallandry resulted in one injury.