A party of 11 were caught in an avalanche near to Bourg-St-Pierre, 4 died, 5 were injured, 1 is still missing and 1 member of the group escaped unhurt.
The group was made up of 11 adults, all from Cluses, France and believed to be part of the Club Alpin Francais (CAF). 9 were on snow shoes and 2 on touring skis.
Following the avalanche a member of the group made an emergency call for help at 12:36hrs. The group was on the west slope of the Croix de Tsousse at about 2000m and the avalanche terrain measured 40m wide and 300m long. The avalanche risk was 3/5 above 2400m.