Several skiers were swept away by an avalanche that hit a ski slope in the Swiss mountain resort of Crans-Montana, the police said on Tuesday. However, a report by the Valais-based Le Nouvelliste newspaper said ten to 12 people had been buried in the avalanche at the bottom of the Kandahar slope at a spot known as "Passage du Major".
Valais state police confirmed on Twitter that an avalanche occurred at around 2.15pm, leaving "several people buried". Photos of the avalanche are now circulating on social media.
This video by Swiss public radio, RTS, shows the extent of the avalanche.
A rescue mission is under way after the avalanche was reported in Crans Montana this afternoon.
The ski resort's website showed the avalanche warning indicator was at the second of five possible levels, indicating a moderate risk.
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