Two Barclays Bank lawyers killed in an avalanche had gone skiing on a marked route, their spouses told an inquest as they disputed the claims of Italian authorities.
Matt Ziegler, 43, and Katherine Clarke, 39, were crushed under tons of snow in the Alps on a slope with a “considerable” avalanche risk, a court heard.
Rescue teams spent a day tracking them down using phone co-ordinates, helicopters and mountain rescue dogs after they went missing on February 3.
The pair, described as “experienced” skiers, had split from a group of 16 colleagues before they and two other snowboarders were found dead in a mass of snow.
Early reports from the Italian authorities said the Mr Ziegler and Mrs Clarke were skiing “off-piste” where the ski runs are not marked or maintained by the ski resort.