Rescuers are searching a Swiss ski trail for survivors after an avalanche swept through and injured at least 2 people
At approximately 10:50 a.m. local time on Thursday an avalanche hit a ski slope in Andermatt, Switzerland. The slope that was hit runs from the Schneehüenerstock mountain peak to the Oberalp Pass, CNN reported. Two people were injured in the avalanche, and four others had to be rescued or pulled themselves out of the snow. Rescuers spent hours after the incident looking for skiers who could be trapped under the snow. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
At least two people were injured when an avalanche hit a Swiss resort's ski trail on Thursday morning. At approximately 10:50 a.m. local time on Thursday an avalanche hit a slope at the SkiArena resort in Andermatt, Switzerland, that runs from the Schneehüenerstock mountain peak to the Oberalp Pass, CNN reported. According to the Associated Press, two people were injured, and four others were either rescued or pulled themselves out of the snow unhurt. Rescuers are now looking for more people who might be buried under the snow. The avalanche hit one day after Christmas, while many holiday tourists were enjoying the slopes. Andermatt, which is about 70 miles south of Zurich, is popular with international tourists.
"We believe there are more people buried but we can't say how many," Reto Pfister, state police spokesperson in the Swiss canton of Uri, told NBC News. A police spokesman told AP that the avalanche was of considerable size.
Because of heavy snow in the area in recent days, the danger level of a possible avalanche had been raised to a level 3 out of 5, the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) told Reuters. Fresh and wind ]-drifted snow pose a high threat for avalanches, the organization said.
The avalanche in Andermatt wasn't the only one to hit Thursday — three came down in Austria, in the town of Ankogel in the province of Carinthia, a police spokesman told Reuters. One happened at a ski resort, but two free riders who were hit were able to free themselves.
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