He said 'a few skiers were knocked around' but 'everybody managed to get away.' A rescue helicopter had reportedly been scrambled to the scene, along with sniffer dogs and police search teams.
But as high winds and heavy snow continued, the gendarmerie helicopter was unable to land.
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Footage from the scene shows hundreds of skiers descending the piste amid poor visibility in the wake of the avalanche this morning as the slopes were closed down by resort authorities.
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