Five dead in avalanches in Austria and Switzerland | Abroad

Three people have been killed in a series of avalanches in western Austria. Now that it is high season for winter sports enthusiasts, the authorities warn once again for avalanche danger. In Switzerland, two skiers were killed on Saturday morning by an avalanche in the southeast of the country.

On Friday, a 32-year-old Chinese died in the famous ski resort of Sölden after going off the slopes. Another victim fell on Saturday. According to the Austrian news agency APA, it concerns a 17-year-old New Zealander who had also gone ‘off piste’ in Kaltenbach.

In addition, on Saturday morning, another skier was found dead in Vorarlberg who had been reported missing the day before when the lifts closed, police said. According to APA, it was a 50-year-old man who died in the Kleinwalsertal on the border with Germany.

Heavy snowfall and strong winds have increased the risk of avalanches in the Tyrol and Voralberg areas in recent days. Experts therefore call for extra caution, but many athletes still seek adventure outside the regular slopes.

Two killed in Switzerland

Two skiers were killed on Saturday morning by an avalanche in southeastern Switzerland. The two had gone off the slopes when they were suddenly startled by an avalanche. This has been announced by the police of the Graubünden canton, where the incident took place.

As the group of skiers passed over the ridge, the avalanche broke above them. A 56-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man were killed. A third skier was swept away by the snow mass, but was unharmed, police said


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