Six people were freed after an avalanche buried skiers at a Swiss ski resort

The avalanche started at approximately 10:50 a.m. local time and struck a slope at the SkiArena resort in Andermatt, Switzerland, police said. The slope runs from the Schneehüenerstock mountain peak to the Oberalp Pass.

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Andermatt is approximately 68 miles south of Zurich.

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Six people were rescued or freed themselves from the snow. The two people with minor injuries were flown to the Alt Dorf Kanton Hospital, the resort’s Facebook page said.

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The search team was comprised of five avalanche search dogs, three helicopters, about 25 skiers, the Uri ambulance service, the Uri Kanton police and the Andermatt-Sedrun piste rescue, the police said.

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Rescuers do not believe any more people are trapped beneath the snow, and the search ended at approximately 6:15 p.m., according to the police.

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An internal slope safety process declared the slope safe, the resort said. The Uri Kanton police will investigate how the avalanche came down.

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The slope will remain closed on December 27th.

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