26-year-old former ski mountaineering champion, Adèle Milloz, fell to her death while training in the Alps to be a mountain guide, according to multiple reports.
The Times in the U.K. said that Milloz was climbing toward the Aiguille summit in the Mont Blanc range of the French Alps at the time of the fall, along with a second woman, 30, who also died. Officials were alerted to the accident by another group of mountaineers who saw them fall and said they believed the women were roped together.
The incident is currently being investigated, and the cause of the accident at the moment is still unknown. The police have ruled out a rockfall as the cause.
Officials have said that the two women are believed to have been roped together when they fell. They have also noted that the route that Millox was on is not considered “particularly difficult,” but recent droughts in the area have made hiking in the Alps more dangerous.
The French Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing released a statement on Saturday confirming Milloz’s death, writing in French that they “will always miss her smile.”
Milloz had an established skiing career since the age of 15. Before leaving ski mountaineering in 2019 to become a guide, she had won junior championships and joined the French team at age 15. She won the European sprint championship in 2018, according to the French Mountain and Climbing Federation announcement.