Avalanche Kills Three Skiers In Switzerland

Posted Apr 2nd 2011 09:11 AMUpdated Apr 2nd 2011 11:12 PM

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Three German skiers were killed in an avalanche above the Swiss town of Ayers, the second such incident with tourists in less than a week, according to website Breaking Travel News.

The skiers were part of a group of nine unguided cross-country skiers. The avalanche hit at roughly 8,200 feet and was a whopping 1,600 feet wide and long.


The three victims were pulled from the snow by rescue helicopters.

Avalanches are an unfortunate common occurrence in the Alps: Last month, a 21-year skier survived under an avalanche for 17 hours (yes, you read that right) in the Evolene region of the Swiss Alps. He was apparently able to survive because he was trapped next to a pocket of air that allowed him to breathe. He escaped with only a case of mild hypothermia.

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Filed Under: News, Ski Vacations

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Bianca

this place is soo dangerous soo for that when some peple decided travel there should carry one specialist team... because it's a dangerous place... http://www.worldofvolunteering.com

August 31 2011 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Biank Contagious All

three victims were pulled from the snow by rescue helicopters...great notice...http://www.miradordelmonasterio.pe

July 11 2011 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Denis Marin

The three victims were pulled from the snow by rescue helicopters...it means that its dangerous
http://www.miradordelmonasterio.pe

June 30 2011 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gposner29

Do skiers yodal in Switzerland?

April 03 2011 at 1:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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