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Six killed in Austrian Alps avalanche

Six people were killed in an avalanche near the ski resort of Soelden in the Austrian Alps, media said on today quoting police and rescue services in the isolated high-altitude region.

Tide of bizarre injuries keeps hospitals busy

There is a story told by NHS nurses about a man who turned up at accident and emergency walking in a strange manner and telling a confused tale.

Something To Declare: Austrian avalanche risk; Lincolnshire; the Costas

Where to go, how to save, what to avoid

A Town Called Immaculate, By Peter Anthony

Recalling the icy landscapes of Fargo and Affliction, Peter Anthony's debut delivers all the pay offs of a cinematic chiller. Set in Immaculate, a small Minnesota farming community, the township is knee-deep in roadside shrines and creepy garden-front Madonnas – reminders of its immigrant past. It's Christmas Eve, and the town is hunkering down in readiness for a serious blizzard.

Mountaineering brothers killed in Scottish avalanche

Massive slide of ice and rocks engulfs nine walkers on Highlands expedition

Avalanche alert after mountain deaths

Climbers were warned of a high avalanche risk today after three people were killed on a mountain.

Three climbers die when avalanche strikes Highlands

'It was massive... a huge slab of snow which just came away. We were engulfed,' says eyewitness

Saracens' broadside leaves Bristol with sinking feeling

Saracens 37 Bristol 13

Teen Everest conqueror dies in Alpine ice avalanche

British climbing hero and friend killed by fall of debris as they abseil near Chamonix in France

News from the slopes: How skiing is weathering an economic storm

The 2008-9 ski season has been properly under way for a month, and it appears that projections of economic doom are thankfully not coming true. The world's largest ski-resort operator, the French Compagnie des Alps, has reported that sales were actually up 2.4 per cent over the crucial Christmas/New Year period.

Up to eight feared dead in Canada avalanches

Eight snowmobilers buried in avalanches were missing Monday in western Canada's backcountry, and rescuers searching for the men faced "extreme" risk themselves from crashing snow.

First person: 'I survived a catastrophic avalanche'

Xavier De Le Rue, 29

North Face (12A)

A mountaineering adventure more tense, more edge-of-the-seat suspenseful, than Touching the Void? Almost incredibly, this German drama, based on a true story, is that film.

Gareth Jenkins: I have no regrets

Sacked as coach of Wales last year after World Cup defeat to Fiji, Gareth Jenkins is now back at his beloved Scarlets after taking a much needed break from the game to analyse where it went wrong

War of words over free access to Mont Blanc summit

An angry war of words has broken out over free access to the summit of Mont Blanc after the death of eight climbers in an ice and rock avalanche on the Franco-Italian mountain.

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