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British skier falls 150 meters to his death in French Alps
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British skier falls 150 meters to his death in French Alps

The Local/AFP · 22 Mar 2016, 07:26

Published: 22 Mar 2016 07:26 GMT+01:00

The circumstances of the incident, which occurred in an off-piste area above the ski resort of La Plagne 200 kilometers (125 miles) east of Lyon, were not immediately clear.

It is just the latest tragedy during a winter season in the French Alps that has been marred by a number of deaths from avalanches and accidents, including those of several Brits.

A British woman also lost her life at La Plagne resort when she lost control descending a blue ski slope.

She was unable to slow down and crashed head on into a tree as she hurtled off the piste.

Earlier this month a man died on the piste at Flaine after crashing into a fellow skier. 

In January two French teenagers and a Ukrainian man were killed when an avalanche swept away skiers including a group of students at the Deux Alpes resort.

Days later six French Foreign Legionnaires were killed during a training exercise near the resort of Valfrejus.

A young man was also killed when he and some friends used a safety mattress to sledge down a slope while drunk at Les Deux Alpes resort.

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They lost control of the makeshift sledge and it crashed into trees.

 

The Local/AFP (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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