The man, a known paragliding instructor, was skiing with four other people, was pronounced dead at the scene of the avalanche.
Speed riding involves skiing down a slope with a canopy and mix skiing with flying.
Recent snowfalls across Europe have made the snowpack unstable and operators are asking skiers to ski within the boundaries of ski resorts. This is the first death reported in France. Last week a 16-year old British skier died at the Austrian resort of Lech.
In Canada a snowboarder lost his life at the BC Resort of Kicking Horse.
While there are a number of snow storms forecast in North America and Europe over the Christmas holidays, officials are warning that there could elevated dangers in the backcountry by those skiers tempted to seek untapped powder.
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