Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen (dpa/lby) - Heavy snowfalls have increased the risk of avalanches dangerously in the Bavarian Alps. In some areas, level four out of five prevails - that means great danger, said the avalanche warning center in the Bavarian State Office for the Environment on Friday.
Away from the pistes, extreme caution is required. Avalanches could go off by themselves without any additional load - or be triggered by a single winter sports enthusiast. The new and snowdrift connects poorly with the old snowpack. The avalanche situation is expected to remain critical over the weekend.
On Tuesday, two ski tourers were buried by an avalanche on the Zugspitze. The group of three was climbing when a slab of snow came loose. One of the buried people was able to free himself and dug up the other ski tourer with his comrade. After around ten minutes, they were able to free the buried person from the masses of snow. He was taken to a hospital with hypothermia.