A British skier is among seven people killed in series of deadly avalanches in the Swiss Alps, according to reports.
The man, 38, was engulfed by a wall of snow while skiing off-piste with nine others on Monday, it is said.
His family has been informed, police said.
The man is thought to have been living in Verbier – the popular resort where the tragedy happened.
Police spokesman Mathias Volken said the area where the avalanche happened was outside marked runs.
He said: “We have had a lot of snow here and the avalanche risk at the time was three out of five which means considerable danger.
”Where the avalanche happened is popular with skiers looking to go off piste and the exact circumstances of what happened are being investigated.”
A probe has now been launched following the accident, which took place on Monday.
Dog teams and helicopters were used find the stricken group.
The death is among seven to happen over the weekend on ski slopes, with an Irish man, 29, also killed.
He was part of a group of three people who were skiing off-piste when a slab of snow gave way.
The deadly avalanches happened at Emmetten, Engelberg, Klosters, Morschach, Veytaux and the Bernese Oberland.
Statistics show that there has been around a hundred avalanches involving people a year for the past two decades. 24 people die in related incidents, on average.
Ski resorts are closed across much of the Alps due to coronavirus restrictions but are allowed to open in Switzerland.
Verbier the headlines last month after it emerged more than 200 Brits had fled under cover of darkness to avoid strict quarantine rules.