Two people were killed on Sunday when an avalanche swept down
a slope at the Sochi ski resort where the 2014 Winter
Olympics alpine events were held, Russian officials said.
Rescuers found the bodies of two women beneath the snow after
the midday avalanche on a slope called Labyrinth at Rosa
Khutor, the resort said on its website.
"Despite all efforts to revive them, they could not be
saved," it said. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry
confirmed two people were killed.
Four others on the slope at the time were unhurt, the resort
said. Experts were trying to determine the cause of the
Rosa Khutor, in the Caucasus Mountains near the seaside
venues in the Black Sea resort city, hosted the alpine ski,
snowboarding and other events at the Feb. 7-23 games.
The Sochi Olympics were Russia's first Winter Games and a
major prestige project for President Vladimir Putin. State TV
ran a item on Saturday saying vacationers were hitting the
sun-drenched slopes now that the Olympics were over.