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At least four skiers were killed in a 400-yard-wide avalanche in the French Alps on Monday, according to authorities.
It was initially believed that five other skiers were missing under huge amounts of snow, according to a spokesperson for the local police, but that number may have been the result of a duplicated list of victims.
The snowslide took place in Tignes, a ski resort near the border with Italy.
The deceased, all of them French nationals, were a ski instructor, 59, a 48-year-old man and that man's 15-year-old son and 19-year-old stepson, local authorities said at a news conference.
Authorities said the group were walking off the marked trail when the avalanche hit.
Two of the victims were found dead by emergency workers, while the two others died shortly after being rescued, according to agency Agence France-Presse.
Rescue efforts were continuing with sniffer dogs and two helicopters, AFP reported.
It is the deadliest avalanche in the area this season.