German killed while freeskiing

A German skier has died after leaving maintained slopes in Tyrol.The 48-year-old man crashed on a rocky hill which had no path after he decided to leave prepared pistes in the Karwendel mountain range in the western province of Tyrol yesterday (Sun).The man was airlifted to a clinic after other skiers discovered him lying on the bottom of a descent. He died due to his serious internal injuries, doctors at Innsbruck’s Universitätsklinik Hospital announced today.Meanwhile, another German holidaymaker broke her right leg when she skidded over the edge of a slope in Vorarlberg yesterday. Officials in Vandans said the 38-year-old skier from Lindau plunged down a steep descent on one side of the piste after crashing on the icy slope. She fractured her shinbone and calf bone in the incident.Tens of thousands of skiers and snowboarders are in need of treatment after accidents on slopes across the Austrian Alps every winter. Experts have stressed that a high number of crashes is down to skiers’ overestimation of their own capabilities, speeding and skiing under the influence of alcohol. At the same time, Austrian police have warned holidaymakers that it is a criminal offence to ski on after a collision without checking about the condition of the other person involved.