Avalanches in and around Japanese ski resorts killed four people, including two Argentine tourists over the weekend, the police and media reported on Monday.
The two foreign tourists, aged 50 and 54, were visiting the Ryuoo Ski Park in Nagano prefecture some 400km north-west of Tokyo on Sunday, the police said. They were together with a man from New Zealand and a man and a woman from Australia, a local police spokesman said.
“When they skied off-piste shortly after 2pm on Sunday, an avalanche occurred and engulfed the two Argentine men,” she said. “Their friends made an emergency call and rescuers found their bodies in the snow,” she said, adding they were taken to a local hospital where they were confirmed dead.
The avalanche was 30m in width and 200m long, she said. Over the weekend, there were also two deadly avalanches in Niigata prefecture north of Nagano, reports said.