At 10:05am an avalanche came down across the blue Carline piste to the left of the Tichot lift in Tignes Val Claret. Despite skis and pole visible on top of the snow and early reports that up to 30 people could be buried under the slide officials now confirm that there are no victims.
A full scale rescue operation including Pisteurs from Tignes and Val, rescue dogs, ski instructors, and ordinary skiers mobilised around 300 people for the hour and a half search which covered every part of the area affected. It appears only a handful of people were caught by the slide and all only partially buried.
The entire resort of Tignes was shut for the day following the incident.
We’d like to remind everyone to be as safe as possible as tomorrow is going to be another dangerous day. The avalanche risk according to Meteo France is at a 4 of 5 for off-piste but there is the chance of the Pisteurs raising Val to a 5 depending on tomorrow’s weather.
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