Thousands cut off and hotels hit by avalanches as Alpine snowfall breaks records

Thousands cut off and hotels hit by avalanches as Alpine snowfall breaks records

Thousands of people remained cut off from the outside world on Tuesday after two weeks of exceptionally heavy snow in the Alps blocked villages and ski resorts.

Snowfall has broken records in many parts of Austria, with as much as ten feet falling in just 15 days in some areas, and more than 41,000 people were cut off from the outside world in the Austrian region of Sazlburg alone.

Snowdrifts as deep as 19 feet have been reported in places, with inhabitants forced to dig their way out of their homes.

A hotel in southern Austria was hit by an avalanche overnight. The avalanche in the village of Ramsau am Dachstein threw vehicles out of its path, broke windows and filled downstairs areas of the hotel with snow.

More than 60 guests and staff who were inside the hotel and a neabv holiday apartment building managed to escaped unhurt. The incident comes a day after another hotel was hit by an avalance in neighbouring Bavaria.

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