A massive avalanche in the Italian Alps kills six backcountry skiers a day after freerider and coach Aaron McLean dies in La Rosiere.

Six backcountry skiers were killed  today, Saturday, 12th March, struck by an avalanche reported to measure 300m wide and 600m long in the area of Monte Nevosa, close to the Italian border with Austria. Rescue services, including three helicopters, have recovered six victims, with more injured by the slide.>

Monte Nevoso, in the Aurina valley in the South Tyrol region in Italy’s north-east, reaches a height of 3,358 metres.

The avalanche risk in the Italian Alps,, this weekend, was 2 out of 5. 

Yesterday, Aaron McLean, GB freerider and coach was killed in La Rosiere, France where he was training Freeride Juniors for a competition, this weekend..

Reports in France say that the  26-year-old died while practising freeride skiing after jumping a rocky ridge and sliding 30 metres