A BRIT skier died yesterday as he plunged 32ft from an Alps chairlift.
The man, 65 — reportedly sitting next to a female friend — is thought to have had a heart attack just before he fell.
Investigators are probing how the unnamed victim slipped through the seat’s safety bars in Meribel, France. The horror came as Europe continued to be battered by snow storms that have killed at least 20 others in a week.
Forecasters say Britain could also see snow next weekend.
The latest victims were two snowboarders killed yesterday — after sparking an avalanche by ignoring alerts to avoid slopes in Bulgaria.
Staff also shovelled snow from inside a hotel in Schwaegalp, Switzerland, after an avalanche struck. Three people there were slightly hurt.
Avalanche warnings are at critical levels across much of the continent.
A state of emergency has been declared across southern Germany. A lad, nine, was killed in southern region Bavaria yesterday when he was crushed by a tree, felled by the weight of snow. Albania, Montenegro and Serbia have deployed their armies. Even Greece has been battered by heavy snow as temperatures fell to -23C.
Meanwhile, the Met Office warned UK temperatures could plunge next week — ahead of possible weekend snow.
Forecaster Sarah Kent said warmer North Pole air could spark a freeze similar to last year’s Beast from the East that brought Britain to a halt.
She also warned of an icy grip near the end of the month. Sarah said: “It looks like the last week will bring a significant downward turn in temperatures, possibly becoming very cold.
“We will see enhanced risk of snowfall.”