Swedish ski resort hit by avalanche

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In the days before New Year’s Eve, snowfall and shifting temperatures increased the risk of avalanches in the northern mountain areas.A level three alert was issued on Sunday in re, Bydalen and Ramundberget. The maximum level is five.Both spontaneous avalanches and those triggered by people were deemed likely to occur.Police received alarm about the re avalanche at around 11.30am on Monday.A helicopter, mountain rescue personnel, and search dogs were sent to the location, an area popular among off-piste skiers.Skiers who triggered the avalanche, according to Mrten Johansson, head of the re Avalanche Centre (re Lavincenter).”None of the witnesses could guarantee that anybody was caught in the avalanche,” Johansson told newspaper Aftonbladet.On Sunday, the Swedish Ski Lift Association (Svenska liftanlggningars organisation) warned against off-piste skiing.Skiers who venture outside supervised areas should be careful, bring appropriate equipment, keep informed about weather conditions and know how to act in case an avalanche breaks out, said the association.TT/The Local/nr Follow The Local on Twitter

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Swedish ski resort hit by avalanche

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