No Casualties but Slopes Closed after Avalanche hits Tignes

STORY BY Patrick Thorne 7th March 2017

Tignes says it has closed its slopes today, “due to the current weather conditions” after an avalanche that started in the off-piste sector of Grande Balme in Tignes crossed the Carline slope in the Palet area at around 9am.

The Carline run was reported to be one of few runs that were opened this morning because of heavy snow and other weather factors including very strong winds in recent days which have caused operational difficulties and left the avalanche danger at 4 on the danger scale one below the maximum five.

The slope was reported to have been crowded due to the limited terrain options for skiers at the time of the avalanche and the resort says “many skiers” were caught in the avalanche, but in a statement from Tignes press office it says these people were:

“…taken care of by the rescue teams (and) following the rescue operations, no casualties were reported.”

Tignes has reported 95cm (over three feet) of snow in the past 48 hours, two thirds of that in the past 24 hours.  It posted the video below of snowfall yesterday, the picture top is from last week.

The avalanche danger is currently very high across the French Alps and in most other parts of the Alps.

Déjà plus de 75 centimètres de neige en une semaine et ça continue de tomber ! Le ski de printemps promet d'être MA-GNI-FIQUE 😎 On vous laisse en tête à tête avec les flocons en SNOWmotion. 🌨☃️❄️******More than 75 centimeters have showed up in one week time and it keeps falling! Spring skiing conditions appear to be WON-DER-FUL 😎 We let you discover the ski resort in SNOWmotion. 🌨☃️❄️

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Tignes‎‏ في 6 مارس، 2017

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