An avalanche in the canton of Uri, Switzerland, on Tuesday killed two French freestyle skiers.

According to the Swiss magazine Le Matin, the victims were former snowboard star Julie Pomagalski and alpine guide Bruno Cutelli.

The duo fell on the slopes of Mount Gemsstock when an avalanche struck.

The crew of the rescue helicopter that arrived found the skiers, but they had already died.

In her career, 40-year-old Julie Pomagalski won the Snowboard Cross World Championship gold in 1999 and the doubles championship silver in 2003.

He ended his peak career in 2007 and then became an entrepreneur.

Pomagalski ran his own ski school in Meribel, France.

French snowboarders Marie Laissus (left), Julie Pomagalski (second left) and Karine Ruby (right) celebrate success at the World Snowboarding Cup in Tandådalen, Sweden in March 2002. Photo: Alexandra Beier / Reuters

Pomagalski’s Polish-born grandfather Jean Pomagalski is remembered as the inventor of the world’s first ski lift.