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A class 4 avalanche warning has been issued for Riksgransen

Avalanche Warning in Popular Ski Resort

Updated 13.13

A high level grade 4 avalanche risk warning has been issued in the Swedish mountains where thousands of Swedish families are enjoying their traditional skiing holidays.

The warning (there are five levels) has been issued in the ski resort of Riksgransen , the world's northernmost ski resort, 200 kilometres above the artic circle, bordering Norway.

The area is known for its good off-piste skiing, where the obvious dangers of an avalanche are greater.

Magnus Åkerlund, a ski patroller in Riksgränsen told TT that they've been busy warning the public.

"We have whiteboards in place at all the lifts which show the warning level. I think people are following the warning. We have a long tradition of high risks of avalanche and many guests are prepared, " he said.

While there was a danger to those who skied off-piste, Magnus Åkerlund was worried in particular about those out on snow scooters.

"Many miss the experience of being in the mountains, they have strong machines and often go off-piste."

The last major avalanche in the area happened ten years ago when some holiday chalets were covered and one person was killed. 

  

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