Avalanche kills woman and two children, 7, skiing on glacier

An avalanche has killed a woman and two children who were skiing on a glacier in the Italian Alps on Saturday.

One of the children, severely injured, was taken by helicopter to a hospital but later died, according to Italian RAI state TV.

Both children were seven years old. At least one other skier was injured.

A woman and two children were killed in the avalanche. Source: AAP

Alpine rescue corps spokesman Walter Milan said three helicopters, including one from nearby Austria, were involved in a search for any other possible victims of the avalanche in the Senales Valley.

There were no reports of missing skiers.

Milan said the victims are believed to be Germans, although identification procedures were not yet complete.

Milan said the risk of avalanches in the area had been high.

Another avalanche injured a man in a valley in Bolzano province. Milan said he was rescued by fellow skiers.

Rescue teams were sent to recover the victims. Source: AAP

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