Last updated: 02:00 PM ET, Thu January 14 2016

WATCH: Avalanches Engulf European Ski Resorts

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | January 14, 2016

WATCH: Avalanches Engulf European Ski Resorts

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With significant amounts of snow falling across the Alps this January, many of the region's ski resorts are at an unusually high risk of experiencing avalanches, as evidenced by a pair of videos that were captured in Europe this week.

In wake of several feet of fresh snow since the start of the year, two resort-goers captured brief videos of frightening avalanches engulfing their respective resorts.

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The International Business Times reported the first video was taken by skier Frederick Douzetin at the French resort of Bessans on Monday. The area where the resort is located is currently at the second-highest avalanche risk level.

The minute-long video shows an avalanche in progress and a massive cloud of snow engulfing the town at the mountain's base.

The second video was taken by an unidentified skier at the Italian resort of Cervinia and published to YouTube a day later. The 30-second video shows skiers heading down a slope as a cloud of snow envelops the resort below. 

The Times reported the Cervinia resort is among the highest in Europe.

Despite several avalanche-related deaths having been reported at a trio of French ski resorts this year, neither of the two avalanches are believed to have resulted in any injuries or deaths, per the Times.

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Since the avalanche risk remains high across the region, resort-goers are encouraged to stay updated on local weather reports and avoid venturing off of designated ski paths. 


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