At least three people have been killed, and a further five injured, following an avalanche in the northern Italian Alps, according to rescuers.
Three skiers have been killed and five others injured in an avalanche in the northern Italian Alps, according to alpine rescuers.
The national mountain rescue corps confirmed the avalanche and said they skiers were hit in Val Veny, a valley lying in the Mont Blanc area, near Courmayeur.
Search and rescue teams, including sniffer dogs, continued to search for anyone else injured.
The avalanche risk in the region was put at three on a five-point scale on Thursday morning, thanks to fresh snowfall and strong wind.