Paris: At least four people have died in an avalanche at a ski resort in Tignes in south-eastern France, rescuers say.
A group of nine was buried after the avalanche swept through an off-piste area of the resort, and police say five people are still missing.
The group was reportedly made up of eight skiers and a guide.
The 400-metre (1,300ft) wide avalanche occurred at an altitude of 2,100 metres, and struck at a particularly busy time during half-term holidays.
The avalanche warning level at Tignes on Monday was three out of five, France’s Dauphine Libere reported.
Rescue services have deployed a helicopter to help search for the missing skiers.