Media captionThe avalanche risk in the town of Zermatt means skiing is not possible
Twenty-nine people had a lucky escape after a five-storey building was hit by an avalanche in the Italian Alps resort of Sestrieres late on Monday. They were able to flee through the garage.
But a 70-year-old woman suffering from severe illness died on the road from Sestrieres after a fallen tree prevented her ambulance reaching hospital in time.
Despite the fact that they were stranded for two days, the tourists in Zermatt had reported being in good spirits and the tourist office described the atmosphere as “relaxed and comfortable”. Some even described it as “romantic”.
More than 1,000 people had chosen to be airlifted out of the resort on Tuesday and Wednesday.