A spokesman for the Northern Constabulary has said:
Police can confirm a number of people were caught up in the avalanche. There are possibly three people unaccounted for. Searches are continuing in the area.
More top news
Time magazine has disputed Donald Trump's account of how he rejected a request for an interview for its "Person of the Year" issue.
The Police Federation chairman said officers were often "letting someone off with a warning and hoping for the best".
A total of 21 are also injured by a blaze which ripped through the upmarket 22-storey hotel on the Black Sea coast.