Search and rescue operation underway after avalanche at Remarkables, Queenstown

A view from a commercial flight, flying over the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The Photo was taken onboard a flight from Auckland to Queenstown.
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Emergency services are on standby following an avalanche in the Remarkables mountain range, near Queenstown.

Police were alerted to the avalanche at 1:45pm and said it occurred one ridge over from the Remarkables ski field. 

A search and rescue operation was launched as a team attempted to confirm no one has been injured.

"Ski-patrol staff have completed a search and at this time believe no one has been caught in the avalanche," a police spokesperson said.

Police were continuing to liaise with ski patrol personnel, and search and rescue staff are on standby in the area.