FILE - This Feb. 14, 2017 file photo shows the Lavachet Wall at the Tignes ski resort, French Alps. French officials say an avalanche has struck the Alpine ski resort of Tignes Tuesday March 7, 2017, and rescue services have launched a search. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
A rescue operation is under way at a ski resort after an avalanche in the French Alps. The Tignes ski resort has been closed, resort press officer Alyse Zajackowski told CNN and emergency services are present.
It is the second avalanche this year to hit the resort located in the Savoie department in South Eastern France, close to the Italian border.
Four people died after being hit by an avalanche on February 13.
The four men were in an off-piste area when the avalanche buried them, crashing down on an area around 300 meters across.

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