At least nine mountain climbers were killed when a six-foot-thick wall of snow came crashing down on them in the French Alps on Thursday, French police said.
At least four people are missing, and two were found alive in the snow after the avalanche, French police said.
The dead climbers include people from Germany, Britain, Spain and Switzerland, police said.
The nationalities of the missing are unknown, police said. There were also French climbers in the party.