an avalanche at the Mont-Dore station leaves four dead

Nine people were swept away by a snow slide. Two escaped unhurt and three were slightly injured.



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The Mont-Dore ski resort, in Puy-de-Dôme, December 23, 2012. (RICHARD BRUNEL / MAXPPP)

Nine skiers were swept away by an avalanche during an off-piste outing in the Mont-Dore resort, in Puy-de-Dôme, France Télévisions learned from the Haute-Montagne Gendarmerie Platoon (PGHM), Sunday February 25. Four people were killed and two escaped unhurt. Three other skiers were slightly injured, according to information communicated by the SDIS to franceinfo.

The avalanche was triggered by the passage of these skiers in the Val-d’Enfer sector, around 1:30 p.m., in the Sancy massif. Most of the members of the group were from Cantal, according to information from France Télévisions. They were accompanied by a guide familiar with the area, killed in the accident. With more than 6 cm of snow falling in a few days, the avalanche risk was classified at level 3.

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