British lawyer among four skiers killed by avalanche near Courmayeur in Italian Alps 

British lawyer among four skiers killed by avalanche near Courmayeur in Italian Alps 

A British skier has been killed in an avalanche in the Italian Alps, along with a New Zealander who lived in the UK.

They are thought to have been skiing off-piste when they were hit by an avalanche in a valley near the resort of Courmayeur, in the northern Italian region of Valle d’Aosta.

The British victim of the avalanche was named as Matt Ziegler, 43, who is believed to be of Swiss origin, while the New Zealander was named as Katherine Clarke, 39. Both lived in London.

Mr Ziegler was reportedly a lawyer working in the Geneva office of Barclays and was set to return home to central London on the day of the avalanche.

His wife, Victoria, 43, became concerned when he missed his flight home on Sunday. A friend told The Times: “Matt said he was going skiing with friends at the weekend before flying home. 

“Matt was the most experienced and safest skier she knew. He never took risks, always carried a collapsible spade to dig himself out. She knew he was missing and could have been killed but she had hope.”

The 43-year-old was born in Surrey before he attended Radley College and later studied law at the London School of Economics. 

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