Skier killed in avalanche was former Hemel Hempstead schoolboy

A man killed by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps ski resort Col de Forclaz was a former student of Hemel Hempstead School.

The snow-buried body of Chris Longbottom, 39, was discovered by mountain rescue teams on Wednesday.

He owned a ski accommodation business - Swiss Estate - and the Gazette understands that his parents still live locally in Box Lane.

Mr Longbottom, who became a professional golfer at the age of 18 and set up his first ski business at 22, had been skiing off piste with a group of friends on Sunday when the avalanche struck but they were able to dig themselves out of the snow.

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