A SKIING champion has fallen to her death while climbing with another woman in the Alps.
Adèle Milloz, 26, was training to become a mountain guide when she died while on the Mont Blanc range in France.
Milloz won several world European and national titles in the sport of ski-mountaineering but quit in 2019 to re-train as a guide.
Also killed was a 30-year-old woman, who was with her was part of her training programme, which she was close to completing.
The women are thought to have been roped together when they fell climbing towards the Aiguille summit, The Times reports.
Another party of mountaineers raised the alarm after seeing the women fall and their bodies were discovered by fellow hikers early on Friday evening.
"Adèle was a luminous young woman," said Olivier Greber, chairman of the Company of Guides of Chamonix.
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"The whole company feels infinite sadness today."
The French Mountain and Climbing Federation added: "We will always miss her smile."
A police source said that the cause of the accident was unknown and an investigation had been opened.
But officers had ruled out a rockfall, the source said.
Climbers were recently warned to postpone their trips as the drought was causing more frequent and dangerous rockfalls near Europe’s highest peak.
Several guided tour companies suspended their hikes, and two mountain shelters were closed.
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But a source said the route taken by Milloz was not particularly difficult.
Ski mountaineering, often called skimo, involves climbing up a mountain and skiing down it.
The discipline is to be included in the 2026 winter Olympics for the first time.
Milloz was brought up in the Alps by her mountain guide dad and ski instructor mum and first took to the slopes at the age of six.
Thierry Galindo, the French national ski-mountaineering team coach, said Milloz had been "talented and motivated".
She had won junior championships, joined the French team at 15 and won the European sprint championship in 2018.
The following year she came sixth in the prestigious Pierra Menta race.
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The gruelling event involves going up and down 15 alpine summits, all above an altitude of 2,000 metres, over the course of four days.
Galindo said the Pierra Menta was the race "she loved above all".
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