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French ski instructor and client die in Swiss fall

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In accident happened in the mountains of Les Crosets. Photo: Valais police
09:02 CET+01:00
Two French skiers died on Wednesday afternoon after skiing off-piste near the Swiss village of Les Crosets in the Franco-Swiss ski area Portes du Soleil.

The 47-year-old ski instructor and his 59-year-old client had left Avoriaz, on the French side, to ski towards the Col de Cou near Les Crosets, when the snow-laden ledge they were standing on gave way beneath them, Valais cantonal police said.

The pair fell 100 metres down a cliff.

Emergency services were alerted by another skier who found a ski belonging to one of the Frenchmen in the off-piste area.

Despite the efforts of rescue workers and a French doctor to revive the men, both died at the scene.  

Heavy snowfall in recent days has meant a risk of avalanches in many parts of Switzerland.

Several people have died in incidents this winter season, particularly off-piste skiers.

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