May 10 (UPI) -- Three cross-country skiers died in an avalanche in the French Alps, a local mayor confirmed.
The avalanche occurred Tuesday morning in Valoise national park near the town of Bonneval-sur-Arc, at the border between France and Italy.
The skiers were traversing the park's Vallonet glacier. Town Mayor Gabriel Blanc told Le Dauphine, the French-language newspaper in nearby Grenoble, that the skiers were headed toward the Greffier col waystation, at 10,124 feet elevation, when the avalanche struck.
"We know from a reliable source that there were only three" victims, Blanc said, although the local government had said earlier that a search was on for more people possibly trapped.
The bodies have not been recovered, and their names or nationalities have not been determined. The Savoie prefecture government identified them only as two men and one woman.
The French meteorological agency Meteo France placed the area on yellow avalanche alert due to mild temperatures.