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Avalanche kills 2 skiers at Sochi resort

Sunday - 3/23/2014, 2:42pm  ET

FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, a man uses a snow plough to clean the snow in Roza Khutor, a mountain part of Olympic infrastructure of the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. The avalanche occurred at Roza Khutor on Sunday, March 23, 2014, a day after it opened for tourists after hosting the Olympics and Paralympics. The state news agency RIA Novosti reported that rescue workers were searching for survivors of the avalanche, but there was no confirmed information yet about the number of dead or injured. (AP Photo/Nataliya Vasilieyva, file)

MOSCOW (AP) -- An avalanche killed two skiers on Sunday at the Russian mountain resort used for the Sochi Olympics the day after it opened to the public, the resort said.

Six skiers were on the middle section of Labirint run when the avalanche struck, the Roza Khutor resort said in a statement. The snow buried two women, and rescuers who dug them out were unable to save them, it said. The four other skiers escaped unharmed.

The Kuban regional branch of state Rossiya television, citing witnesses, reported earlier that three people had been killed.

Roza Khutor was the site of the Alpine skiing competitions during the Winter Games in February and the Paralympics that followed. The resort reopened to the public on Saturday.

The resort said it was clearing the snow from the run and trying to determine the cause of the avalanche. The Roza Khutor management also expressed its condolences to the family and friends of the two skiers who died.

A map of the mountain shows the Labirint run located at the far edge of the resort and labeled black, the most difficult of four categories.

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