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550-year avalanche destroys ski lift; high temps may be cause

Caught on Camera

POSTED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 12:34pm

Someone turned their camera on when this huge 550-yard avalanche came sliding down the mountainside at a French ski resort.

Skiers stood stunned as the snow destroyed a ski lift.

An employee of the resort compared the scene to standing on the shoreline during a powerful storm.

Unusually high temperatures may have contributed to the avalanche.

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