Two Swiss skiers were swept away on a massive sheet of snow afternoon in the Chateau d'Oex area, and slammed into a rocky area below, police in the central Vaud canton said.
One of the skiers, a 55-year-old woman, died on the spot, while her 61-year-old companion was injured. He was flown by helicopter to hospital, and police said his life was not in danger.
In another incident , an avalanche on the Tsa mountain, above the village of Arolla in the southern Swiss canton of Wallis, swept away four skiers afternoon.
Rescue workers arrived by helicopter and were able to dig out the buried skiers, who were all Swiss nationals, and flew them to hospital.
Wallis police initially said all four were injured, but morning they announced one of the skiers, a 40-year-old woman, had succumbed to her injuries.
Police in Bern canton meanwhile said an avalanche in Lauenen, near Gstaad, hit two people who were ski touring around midday .
One of the men, whose ages and nationalities were not given, was buried and so badly injured that he later died in hospital, police said.
Editor's note: this article originally incorrectly stated that the two people in Bern had been cross-country skiing rather than ski touring.