A British man has died after 'crashing into a barrier' in while skiing in the French Alps.

The 26-year-old, who has not been named, had been skiing on a marked ski run in the resort of Deux Alpes.

According to local reports, the man was wearing a helmet when he hit the obstacle.

An investigation has been opened into the tragedy which happened on Monday at about 3pm.

The skier had been on the Piste des Fées, a ski run classed as ‘red’ for advanced intermediate skiers.

The tragedy happened at Les Deux Alpes on Monday afternoon

Medics arrived at the scene but despite attempts to resuscitate the victim he died on the slopes.

A spokesman for the local mountain police said: "An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances of this accident.

"The skier died shortly after our arrival."

It is the second fatality this season involving snow barriers in the Isère region.

At the end of December, a 13-year-old French girl died after hitting a barrier in the resort of Sept Laux.

Snow barriers are wooden structures used to retain snow on the slopes when it is windy.

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The resort of Deux Alpes is popular with British tourists. It has the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is France’s second oldest ski resort after Chamonix.

The Foreign Office has been contacted for comment.