Sochi Avalanche Kills 2 Skiers

Day after resort opens to tourists

Mar 24, 2014
Outside Magazine

Chairlift in a ski resort ( Sochi, Russia )    Getty Images/iStockphoto

An inbounds avalanche killed two skiers Sunday at Roza Khutor, the resort used for the Sochi Olympics.

Six skiers were on the middle section of the Labirint run when the slide occurred, according to resort officials. Two women were buried in the snow, and the rescuers who dug them out couldn’t save them. The other skiers weren’t harmed.

The mountain had just opened to tourists following the closing ceremonies of the Paralympics. Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the avalanche as they clear snow from the area.

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