Rescuers searching for survivors after an avalanche at a Swiss ski resort

NEWS 26.12.2019 19:57
Source: AFP/Andreas Solaro

At least two people were injured Thursday and several buried in snow when an avalanche hit a ski resort in the Swiss Alps.

The avalanche started at approximately 10:50 a.m. local time and struck a slope at the SkiArena resort in Andermatt, Switzerland, police said. The slope runs from the
Schneehüenerstock mountain peak to the Oberalp Pass.

Andermatt is approximately 68 miles south of Zurich.

Six people were rescued or freed themselves from the snow. The two people with minor injuries were flown to the Uri Cantonal Hospital, police said.

Rescue teams are searching the area for more skiers who may have been on the slopes when the avalanche began.