4 skiers killed in French Alps avalanches

April 15, 2013 at 8:46 PM

CHAMBERY, France, April 15 (UPI) -- Two avalanches in the French Alps this past weekend killed four cross-country skiers, authorities said.

Three died Sunday when a snow slide carried them almost 2,000 feet down the side of the Dent Parrachee mountain in the Savoie region, The Connexion reported. The victims were part of a party of six people ages 23-56 who had spent the night in a refuge high on the mountain before heading out across the south face where the avalanche overtook them.

A 60-year-old skier was killed Saturday in an avalanche in Champsaur, the newspaper said.

Avalanches have claimed 32 lives in the region this winter, the newspaper said.

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