New Zealander killed in avalanche in Italian Alps

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A New Zealander based in London has been killed in an avalanche on the Italian Alps, along with three other skiers.

Three skiers died when they were hit by an avalanche in a valley near the resort of Courmayeur, The Telegraph reports.

Authorities had warned the avalanche danger in the Italian Alps was high over the weekend. 

The alarm was raised when the group failed to return to their hotels on Sunday evening (local time).

The Valdostano Alpine Rescue spotted three bodies early in the morning while searching for the four missing, the Washington Post reports.

They were reportedly found buried under six feet of snow, with efforts to recover the bodies hampered by steep terrain and the risk of more avalanches.

The body of a fourth skier, a 38-year-old Pole who lives in Chamonix, was found later in the day. Two Italian skiers were killed in avalanches on Sunday.

The deaths mean six people have been killed in avalanches in Italy.

Another person died in a non-avalanche related incident on over the weekend after a snowboarder fell into a crevasse in an off-piste area on Sunday.


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