The skier was off piste when the avalanche happened. Photo: Flossiesheep CC-BY-SA-3.0

The skier was off piste when the avalanche happened. Photo: Flossiesheep CC-BY-SA-3.0

The search for a skier missing in Glencoe after an avalanche has been suspended overnight.

Members of Glencoe and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Teams, along with Glencoe Ski Patrol and a Sea King helicopter crew from RAF Lossiemouth mounted a major search for the skier yesterday.

Glencoe Mountain Resort said the missing person was an experienced off-piste skier who was outside the normal ski runs at the centre.

A Lochaber MRT spokesperson said: “Despite hours of digging and probing in a confined area, with an avalanche depth in excess of 6m, the skier was not found.”

The snow travelled up to 300m (1,000ft) down the mountainside during Saturday’s avalanche.

The incident happened close to the Etive Glades run of the resort, on the western edge of the main area.

The search is due to resume tomorrow.

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