Avalanche kills 4 at France's Tignes ski resort

A team of 40 rescuers are looking for missing people after the avalanche in Tignes.

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  • Skiers were buried in an off-piste area by an avalanche around 300 meters wide
  • The Tignes resort website had put risk of avalanche at a significant 3 out of 5

Paris (CNN)Four people were killed by an avalanche at the French Alps ski resort of Tignes on Monday, officials said.

The four men were in an off-piste area when the avalanche buried them, crashing down on an area around 300 meters across.
    The victims were a 49-year-old man, his 15 year-old-son and 19-year-old brother-in-law, as well as a ski instructor, 59, Deputy Prefect Nicolas Martrenchard, told reporters.
    The four were French nationals, the Tigne mayor's office said.
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