Avalanche in French Alps Kills at Least 3 Skiers, Officials Say

Investigators still trying to determine how many people may have been involved.

Christian Flagella, the commander of the gendarmerie police force in the Haute Alpes region, said at a news conference today that the three individuals were part of a larger group of 11 skiers.

Four members of the group were swept away by the avalanche, and three are now dead. A fourth remains in critical condition.

The names and ages of the individuals have not been released.

Local official Pierre Besnard told reporters that the group was "most likely Austrians but we are waiting to interrogate the survivors to know for sure."