A young woman who skiied off the side of this mountain has been rescued almost unharmed after she fell almost 80 metres before landing on a rock ledge that stopped her further descent onto boulders below.
The 26-year-old woman from Vienna, who was not named because of local privacy laws, was saved by mountain rescuers who airlifted her to hospital after the plunge.
the woman had been skiing with her partner on the Krippenstein located in the Austrian Salzkammergut which boasts of its spectacular cliffside vistas.
It is also listed as a hotspot for freeriders who seek out natural ungroomed slopes that are far from the prepared pistes used by regular winter sports lovers. It is also referred to as skiing off-piste.
The alarm was raised by a member of the resort’s staff who heard the woman’s cried for help. The couple had been on the unpisted route when she lost her skis and fell 80 metres (262 feet) down the rocky slope before getting a hold on a rocky ledge.
Obertraun mountain rescue service who later reached the woman managed to secure her on the spot and she was then airlifted to the hospital in nearby Schladming where she was treated for cuts and bruises but no more serious injuries.
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