Avalanche Kills Three Skiers In Switzerland

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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