Published on Monday, February 20, 2012
A woman has died in a freak snowboarding accident on a family ski holiday in Austria.
Retired teacher Sandra Thompson, 59, from Hampshire, was on holiday at the popular Kitzbuhel resort when she hit her head during 'an innocuous little fall' in front of her family.
The former teacher, who was wearing a helmet, died two days later from a severe brain swelling after her family made the heartbreaking decision to turn off her life support machine.
Four other people have been killed in two separate incidents near Washington state ski resorts this weekend.
Three skiers died in an avalanche near Stevens Pass, in the Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle, just after noon on Sunday.
The men were Freeskiing World Tour head judge Jim Jack, Stevens Pass director of marketing Chris Rudolph and skier John Brenan according to ESPN.
The avalanche, which apparently occurred in an out-of-bounds area, swept the experienced skiers about a quarter-mile down a canyon but a fourth skier who was with them was saved by a safety device.
The men who died were swept 1,500 feet down a chute in the Tunnel Creek Canyon area.
The centre said there had been heavy snowfall over the last few days.
Sgt Cindi West, of the King County Sheriff’s Office, said a snowboarder was also killed going over a cliff at the Alpental ski area east of Seattle in a separate incident.
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The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.