Two British skiers die in fall in French Alps

Two British men have fallen to their deaths while skiing off-piste in the French Alps, police have said.

The pair, who have not been named, were on holiday in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and were skiing with another man on Sunday morning when they are thought to have slipped in icy conditions.

Although they were off-piste, the route is popular with skiers.

A police spokesman told the Press Association: “The 25-year-old British men were skiing in a group of three when they were killed.

“A third man, who was also British, raised the alarm just after 11am and mountain rescue services arrived within 10 minutes but the two victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

“It is understood that the three men were all on holiday in the region.”

He continued: “The deceased were skiing off-piste but the route is very well-known and is popular with skiers.

“Today the conditions were very unfavourable. The snow was very compacted and very icy and it is believed that both the deceased slipped.

“They fell several hundred metres to their deaths.”

The UK Foreign Office said it is in contact with the French authorities and providing support to the victims’ families.

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