Since Sunday, nearly ten people have been caught in avalanches in Switzerland, according to 20 Minutes.
Nearly ten back country skiers and snowshoers were caught in three three avalanches. All of them were located and dug out. Unfortunately one suffered serious injuries and died in hospital after being air lifted out.
The avalanches were near Kandersteg (BE), Zuoz (GR) and the Oberalp pass (GR).
The avalanche risk shot up after mild snowy weather followed a snowy cold snap. This left a heavy wet layer of snow on top of a dry fluffy layer, an unstable combination.
Between 31 December and 1 January, Rega, the Swiss helicopter rescue service, made 160 rescue flights. Around 110 of these were made on 1 January 2018, a new daily record. Two thirds of these were related to winter sports accidents, said the rescue service.