Four Killed in Avalanche at Austrian Alps Ski Resort | Back Country Touring Group of 8 Involved

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Pictured is the slope where the avalanche took place. Rescue workers are seen trying to locate a fourth man who was missing Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4316742/Avalanche-kills-three-Austrian-Alps.html#ixzz4bTnfzCfc Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Pictured is the slope where the avalanche took place. Rescue workers are seen trying to locate a fourth man who was missing. pc dailymail

Four people have been killed after an avalanche at a ski resort in the Austrian Alps, police have said. The skiers were part of a group of eight out in a remote part of a resort near Tirol when the avalanche struck around 12.30pm local time. The group had been able to access the remote region by using back country touring skis.

Mountain rescue personnel try to locate a skier at the Jochgrubenkopf mountain, southeast of Innsbruck, Austria Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4316742/Avalanche-kills-three-Austrian-Alps.html#ixzz4bTnvtv2W Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Mountain rescue personnel try to locate a skier at the Jochgrubenkopf mountain, southeast of Innsbruck, Austria.

The dead are all reported to be Swiss nationals but this has not been confirmed. Three bodies were located quickly and a fourth was found some hours later after an extensive search. The other four in the group managed to free themselves and alert the rescue services.

 

It is the latest tragedy to hit the ski season following deadly avalanches in recent weeks in the French ski resort of Tignes and the northern Italian Alps, close to the French border.

Three Swiss men were killed when their ski touring group was swept away by an avalanche Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4316742/Avalanche-kills-three-Austrian-Alps.html#ixzz4bTo9cof2 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Three Swiss men were killed when their ski touring group was swept away by an avalanche. pc dailymail

Rudi Mair from the Tyrol avalanche warning service said “tonnes of snow” had come down and the area was “extremely steep”. Rescuers had used snow drilling machines to try to rescue the fourth man in the remote area near the Jochgrubenkopf, a roughly 2,450m-high peak, but found him, buried 10 meters deep in snow.

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According to the BBC, Rudi Mair from the Tirol Avalanche Warning Service said tonnes of snow had come down in an extremely steep area. Jochbrubenkofp is at 2,450 metres in the Zillertal Alps to the south east of Innsbruck.

The avalanche had been triggered by a small amount of fresh snow that had fallen on top of several, unstable layers of old snow. It is thought recent warm temperatures may have played a part too.


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