Sochi Avalanche Kills 2

Russian emergency officials say two women have died in an avalanche at the Sochi ski resort, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Authorities say there were six skiers Sunday on the Labyrinth run of the Rosa Khutor complex when the avalanche struck. Four of the skiers escaped unharmed.

Downhill skiers are on a slope as Alpine ski season opens at the newly built Rosa Khutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. /AP Downhill skiers are on a slope as Alpine ski season opens at the newly built Rosa Khutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. /AP

The resort says it has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the avalanche.

The slopes had opened to the public Saturday, following the closing of the Paralympics last week.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

VOA News / Mar. 25, 2014 08:16 KST