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Salzburg (dpa / lby) – At the beginning of the Easter holidays, the Salzburg mountain guides warn ski tourists and mountaineers of increased danger in the high mountains. “We had a snow-poor winter this year,” said Wolfgang Russegger, President of the Salzburg Mountain Guide Association, on Saturday of the Austrian news agency APA. “The snow cover on the local glaciers is very low this spring.” Accordingly, the risk of falling into crevasses is higher than usual.
The Easter holidays are the traditional peak season for alpine ski tours, and many ski tourers from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg are out and about in Austria then. The attractive Salzburg destinations include, for example, the Großvenediger (3657 meters) and many other peaks in the Hohe Tauern. Easter is also usually very busy in the Tyrol there. This year, the snow bridges over the crevasses are much more fragile than expected at this time of year. According to the mountain guide, in normal years the snow cover is several meters thick, this year it is partly less than one meter.
In Bavaria’s mountains there has already been a double-digit number of fatal accidents since the beginning of the year. The hiking season has started earlier than usual, as there is hardly any snow left in many places. Several hikers fell to their deaths on the remaining old snow fields on steep slopes.
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