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Avalanche Buries 10 People at Austria Ski Area

The avalanche took place in the afternoon on Christmas Day

Officials at an Austrian ski area have announced that at least 10 people were buried in an avalanche. The Austrian Press Agency said it occurred at Lech-Zuers at about 3 p.m. local time.

“We are doing everything we can to rescue the winter sports enthusiasts,” the municipality of Lech said. Several helicopters and search teams were deployed soon afterwards. About 100 people were involved in the search. Rescuers requested headlamps so that they could continue the search in the dark.

The Lech-Zuers describes itself as “one of the best ski areas in the world.” The resort was closed at 5 p.m. local time on Sunday and that there would be an update on Monday. A spokesperson for the resort was not immediately available for comment.

There’s been several snow storms across Canada over the past few days, always be sure to check the avalanche conditions here.

Rescuers near the scene of the Austrian avalanche