Central Europe's winter weather has a disastrous effect on Austria's tourism industry. Many skiers are staying away due to the threat of avalanches. But hotel owners have told DW that those adventurous enough to try have not been disappointed.
The 66 pupils and their teachers have been snowed in for days on the Kasberg mountain. They had to be airlifted out amid record-breaking and deadly snowstorms.
Swiss police say four German ski trekkers have been found dead after an avalanche in the Bernese Alps. Nearly 20 people have been killed by Swiss avalanches this winter.
Despite carrying emergency equipment, the three German skiers have perished under the avalanche and another skier is missing. The fatalities bring the number of reported weather-related deaths to at least 24 in Europe.
Severe snowfalls in Austria and France have claimed five lives after the Alps region experienced multiple avalanches. Snow has cut off one German border town, while rail services in Bavaria and Switzerland have been hit.
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