There have been a few avalanches over the weekend in France.
This is a photo of the Petit Som avalanche from yesterday
On Saturday there was an avalanche above Abondance on the crête de Coincon at 2000 meters altitude. Two local walkers (snowshoers?) triggered a small slab, one of the walkers was carried a small distance but over small cliffs and suffered a fractured elbow. A ski tourer suffered a dislocated shoulder ski touring at the Sur-Cou, a very popular route above the Arve valley. A couple of ski tourers were also rescued from the col de La Colombières, one of the skiers was suffering from a shoulder injury. The skiers were joined by a ground rescue which reached them around 18h00.
In the Hautes Alpes a local skier was caught by a slide around 13h30 in the Névache without being buried. He was taken to hospital by helicopter in Briançon with injuries to his legs and arms. The avalanche risk was 4/5.
At Auris en Oisans in the alpe d’Huez ski area a group of French off piste skiers triggered a slide at 1800 meters just after midday. Three of the skiers were taken by the slide. One buried to his neck. All were equiped with avalanche transceivers. While they were rescuing the buried skier a second avalanche completely buried another member of the group. This second skier was rescued by the CRS and taken to hospital by ambulance with a fractured leg and mild hypothermia.
There has been an avalanche fatality at Valloire in the Maurienne. A skier from the north of France was on a secured itinerary near the Montissot chair when he was caught by a small avalanche and deeply buried in a terrain trap. First reports suggest that the route was open at the time of the accident.
The risk is up to 4 at altitude in the Oisans and Hautes-Alpes, snow is stabilizing in the Isere following rain on Saturday night then a return to cold weather. Risk 3 in the Savoie and south of the Haute-Savoie due to fresh snow and wind on Sunday.