Updated at 7:04pm
FRENCH AUTHORITIES SAY an avalanche in the Alps has killed two French high school students and a Ukrainian skier in the Deux Alps ski resort, according to Associated Press.
The avalanche hit a piste at the Deux-Alpes resort in eastern France that was still closed to the public, engulfing a group of nine French school children and their teacher, according to police sources, reports AFP.
One of them was killed, three were seriously injured — including the teacher — and five children were still missing. Another escaped unhurt.
A Ukrainian man who was not part of the group was also killed, police said to AFP.
After a holiday season of remarkably warm temperatures, a sudden flurry of snow in recent days has led to a high risk of avalanches across the French Alps.
Four other people have died since January in avalanches in the French Alps – two Lithuanians, a Spaniard and a Czech.
- With reporting from Associated Press