British Skier Falls 5000 Feet to Death in French Alps

| by Michael Allen
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An unidentified British skier died after falling 5,000 feet while skiing in the French Alps on Saturday, reported the International Business Times.

The man and another skier got caught in a storm while attempting to ski the Vallee Blanche, which is 12,460 feet above the town of Chamonix, the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924.

The two men were left trapped on a peak when their cable car broke down. Blizzards and winds forced them to give up their ski attempt.

While one man made it to the lift station, the other man lost his footing and fell 1,500 feet down a cliff on the Mont Blanc mountain range.

Mountain rescue teams found his body on Sunday morning.

A British climber survived a 700-foot drop, last week, after being caught in an avalanche on the Aiguille de Bionnassay.

The climber reportedly survived by "swimming" through snow and ice as it fell.

Source: International Business Times