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13 January 2012 09:34
Freak levels of snow have led to avalanche warnings in popular ski resorts across Europe
Avalanche warnings have been issued and hundreds of skiers have been trapped by heavy snowfall in the Alpine ski resorts of Austria, France, Switzerland and Southern Germany.
This follows on from fears that the region would not receive enough snow to sustain the ever-popular ski season. But now there has been so much snow across the Alpine resorts that many are completely cut off.
Holiday-makers travelling to make the most of the Alpine weather should always ensure that they have not only
sports travel insurance but adequate
travel insurance protection against freak weather conditions, which frequently disrupt tourist's travel plans.
Ishgl in Austria, where 1000 British holidaymakers are thought to be trapped, saw 10ft of snow fall in less than 48 hours causing road and railway closures and leaving holidaymakers trapped in their resorts.
Snow-drifts of up to 18ft have also been seen across the region, which combined with high alpine winds have lead to fears of snow slides or avalanches on the slopes.
More heavy snow is forecast to fall on the area in the next few days, which has led to several army helicopters being put on high alert in case of avalanches.
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