Late-season avalanche kills 2 men, woman in French Alps

Two skiers and their guide were killed by a late-season avalanche in the French Alps on May 9, 2017. They had begun scaling the Vallonet glacier with their skis on their backs when the avalanche struck at an altitude of 9,200 feet, local police chief Emmanuel Duboft told AFP. 

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PARIS -- French officials say three people have died in an avalanche that struck the ski resort of Bonneval-sur-Arc in the Alps. 

The Savoie prefecture said the avalanche struck around noon Tuesday, without giving details about the casualties' identities.

The rescue operation ended in the afternoon and French authorities said the death toll is final. 

French media reported that the victims included two men and a woman, who were experienced hikers.

In February, four snowboarders died when an avalanche struck near the resort of Tignes. 

The area is popular for its extensive slopes and stunning views.