POSTED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 1:34pm
NBC NEWS — 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.