Swiss avalanche kills Swedish skier

Victim was in a group of skiers in Valais

An avalanche in the Swiss Alps has killed a 21-year-old Swedish skier – the latest in a series of skiing accidents this season. The victim was in a group of several skiers from Sweden, enjoying the slopes at Mont-Fort in the Quatre Vallées winter sports complex in Valais.

According to Valais police, the man ventured off-piste with his three friends when the avalanche near Cleuson Lake and dam threw him against a tree.

His friends dug him out but he was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital, where he was flown by helicopter.

Avalanches in the same region have claimed a number of victims this season. On average, 25 people die each year in avalanches in Switzerland.

The Local

[pictured: Avalanche blasting in French Alps]