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Winter sports fans warned about piste safety

Winter sport enthusiasts are being warned about the dangers of speeding and out of control behaviour on the ski slopes this winter.

With Austria blanketed in snow and many resorts set to open this weekend the Salzburg Transport Safety Authority is warning skiers to be more careful on the slopes.

According to statistics 15,000 skiers and boarders in the Salzburg region alone will get injured on the slopes this winter season.

Martin Pfanner, from the organisation, said that twenty schools in the Salzburg region will be visited where school children will be given a presentation on the dangers and given tips on how to stay safe on the slopes in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents.

People are being warned to keep their speed under control, and be aware of what slopes they should ski according to their ability as well as the conditions of the pistes.

Pfanner said: "Statistically it is interesting. Speed plays a very important role. Many people ski faster than they should for their ability level. Many young people injure themselves in jumps. You really should always be careful over what you jump and where you land.

"Only seven per cent of accidents involve collisions. That means for 93 per cent of accidents people are responsible for themselves. You should not be aggressive on the slopes and you should be well prepared for your ski holiday. You need to be fit, warm up and do plenty of stretches."

It is expected that in total more than 55,000 people will be injured on Austria's slopes this winter.

Austrian Times

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