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Ski injuries down 25%
Thursday May 17, 2012 - Email this article to a friend

Figures from one area of Austria show a significant decrease last winter. The reason is being attributed to good snow conditions rather than an improvement to equipment or attitudes to safety.

Statistics just released from Vorarlberg show the number of people requiring hospital treatment was down by a quarter.

Last winter 3,000 people were admitted to hospital for treatment following a snowsports accident.

In the previous winter of 2010/11 it was 4,000.

Experts say the reason for the reduction was the good snow conditions during the winter with less ice and bare patches on the slopes.

The figures show that 50% of those injured were tourists to the area. Of that group 60% injured themselves on the first day of their holiday. Often the accidents were within the first few hours.

For statistics from the Tirol area on winter visits see this PlanetSKI story

Overnight stays were up with the number of British skiers and snowboarders going to the Tirol rising for the first time in three years.

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