Three men have been killed in an avalanche near the Austrian ski resort of Lech am Arlberg, local police say.
The search for a fourth person, declared as missing, had to be halted due to the ongoing avalanche risk.
The group came from southern Germany and were reported missing by one of their wives on Saturday night.
In France, two employees at the Morillon ski resort died when the avalanche-control charges they were trying to set accidentally went off.
The accident took place at an altitude of 1,800m (6,000ft) as the two men were preparing the pistes ahead of their opening with an avalanche prevention programme, mountain rescuers said.
Weather forecasters had warned of a high risk of avalanches in the Savoie and Haute-Savoie regions following fresh overnight snowfall.
The three dead German men, aged 32, 36 and 57, were found at about 23:00 (22:00 GMT) on Saturday.
Police in the western province of Vorarlberg said they were located through mobile phone tracking, near the Langer Zug slope – one of the steepest in the world.
It had been closed due to dangerous conditions. The men were wearing touring skis, which are used to climb uphill slopes and ski off-piste.
The three victims bring the number of weather-related deaths in parts of Europe this month to at least 24, the Associated Press news agency reports.