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A rescue worker helicopter returning from the avalanche site,  lands in Chamonix, French Alps, Thursday, July, 12, 2012. An avalanche in the French Alps swept six European climbers to their deaths on a slope leading to Mont Blanc, and left at least nine others injured and several climbers unaccounted for, authorities said. Two climbers were rescued and emergency crews are searching for the missing. A group of 28 climbers from Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Denmark and Serbia are believed to be in the expedition caught in the avalanche that was about 4,000 meters (13,1000 feet) high on the north face of Mont Maudit, part of the Mont Blanc range. (AP Photo)

An avalanche at a French ski resort killed 4 people, and 5 are still missing


UPDATE 9:00 a.m.:

Five survivors are being pulled from the snow, according to the Republican Company for Alps Security. 


An avalanche at a French ski resort killed at least four people on Monday, and five are still missing.

The group of nine people at a ski resort in Tignes were swept away from the resort's designated ski areas at an altitude of roughly 6,900 feet.

"Five people are still buried under a huge mass of snow," a rescue official said. 

This is the worst avalanche since France's ski season began, the BBC reported.

Here's another look from a witness.

The victims' nationalities are not yet clear. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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