Austrian officials say that every day they are now recording around 330 skiing accidents needing hospital treatment, ranging from broken legs through to people who have died on the ski slopes.
The reason for the significant increase in skiing accidents is the fact that with only a narrow strip of artificial snow, there is less opportunity for people to avoid others on the slopes, and in addition artificial snow is considerably harder than natural snow, making the consequences of any injuries significantly worse.
On Sunday alone for example, a 21-year-old German skier in the Saalbach-Hinterglemm municipality in the Pinzgau region of the Austrian state of Salzburg, who was wearing a helmet and had a back protector, left the narrow strip of snow and smashed into the woods, hitting several trees and dying.
And in nearby Filzmoos, a six-year-old boy from the Netherlands hit one of the snow cannons with his head and had to be airlifted to hospital.
A 13-year-old girl on the same slope also hit one of the signs directing people where to go and had to be hospitalised as well.
Medic Manfred Mittermair, who is the head of the accident and emergency department in the Schwarzach hospital which deals with many ski injuries in the area, said: "This year there are a lot more serious and complicated injuries because people are falling on much harder ground."
Story courtesy of Central European News