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Inebriated Norwegian skier stopped by police due to poor technique

A man in Kongsberg was stopped by police after choosing an untraditional mode of transport to get home from a night out.

Inebriated Norwegian skier stopped by police due to poor technique
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The man, who is in his 30s, decided on Saturday to try and combine going out for a few drinks with winter sport, reports Nettavisen.

With around 10 centimetres of snow on the ground, the man saw skiing as the easiest way to get home, according to the report.

But his technique was reportedly so bad that onlookers made the decision to alert the police.

“The [police] patrol had to take care of a very inebriated man on skis in the centre of Kongsberg. It was clearly neither classic nor cross country,” police tweeted.

The man's skis were reportedly confiscated on the spot.

“The patrol drove [the man] away and had a chat with him. It was obvious he had to take off the skis. We drove him home,” police operation leader in Kongsberg Trond-Egil Groth told Nettavisen.

The intoxicated skier is not thought to have presented a risk to others and was skiing on the pavement, but his drunken state had a clear detrimental effect on his technique, police said.

No further police action is expected.

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SKIING

Austria avalanche kills three

An avalanche in the Salzburg region killed three people and injured two while they were skiing off-piste, Austria's Red Cross said Saturday.

Snow and avalanche protection fences seen on a clear day on mountains surrounding Lech am Arlberg, western Austria
Some mountains in Austria have snow and avalanche protection fences, like these seen on a clear day on mountains surrounding Lech am Arlberg, western Austria. ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP

The accident happened Saturday about 2,400 metres (7,800 feet) up in the Lungau district, soon after 1:45 pm local time, Red Cross spokesman Anton Schilcher told the APA agency.

The snow buried eight of the group up to 4.5 metres deep, local emergency response official Christoph Wiedl told local media.

Two of the victims were already dead when their bodies were recovered, while the third died after being airlifted to hospital in Klagenfurt.

The two injured skiers were taken to hospital in the town of Tamsweg.

The skiers caught in the avalanche were from a group from the regions of Salzburg and Upper Austria.

In recent years, an average of around 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria.

The last two seasons were less deadly as the coronavirus pandemic reduced the number of skiers overall.

Avalanches killed four people in western Austria’s Tyrol region last February.

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