Three folks have been killed, two are believed to be lacking and three wounded in a significant avalanche close to the northern Italian ski resort of Courmayeur, stories say.
The deaths are reported to have occurred in an off-piste space as skiers made their manner by recent snow.
Officers mentioned the injured skiers had been hit by falling rocks and had been taken to hospital by helicopter.
There have been a number of snowboarding deaths within the Alps this winter.
Rescuers on Thursday mentioned that skiers from Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Italy had been caught up within the avalanche.
A second avalanche on Thursday was reported to have taken place in the identical space quickly after the primary. Two off-piste skiers had been caught up in it, however neither was reported to have been injured.
The avalanche danger – in one of many busiest weeks of the yr for snowboarding within the Alps – has been assessed by officers to be three out of 5, due to current heavy snowfalls and highly effective winds which have triggered drifting in some areas.
Courmayeur – on the slopes of Mont Blanc – is famend for the excessive issue ranges of its snowboarding.