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BRITISH SKIER SERIOUSLY INJURED BY SNOWBOARDER IN ATTACK ON SLOPES

The 55-year-old man was beaten over the head several times with a ski pole in a row with a snowboarder.

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He was airlifted to hospital by helicopter in a serious condition.

The attack happened in the Zillertal Arena ski area in the Austrian Tirol.

According to the police, the British holidaymaker complained about the snowboarder’s aggressive riding.

He accused him of almost colliding with someone waiting in a lift queue.

The two men got into a row which descended into a fight.

“In the course of this, the snowboarder hit the head of the Briton, who was already lying on the ground and who was not wearing a helmet, several times with a ski pole and injured his head,” a statement from the police said.

It’s understood the Briton remained conscious and responsive but was not speaking after the assault.

The attack took place between 4pm and 4.30pm on Sunday.

It happened in the lift queue at the middle station of the Rosenalm lift in the Rohrberg area above Zell am Zillertal.

Scene of attack on British skier, Rohrberg, Austria

Orange circle marks the location of the assault

The police say the attacker was wearing an anthracite helmet and a grey/anthracite jacket.

He is believed to have been with a group of about six who left the scene with him.

One man in the group attracted attention because of his blond/reddish beard growth.

The police are appealing for information to trace the attacker.

The Briton, who has not been named, was taken to hospital in Schwaz.

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