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Skier’s miracle escape in 260ft fall down mountain

Rescued: Route of the woman’s fall down the slope PICTURE: CEN/BERGRETTUNG OBERTRAUN

AN ADVENTURER tumbled 260ft down the side of a mountain in Austria when she lost her skis — and survived.

The Viennese woman was rescued with only minor injuries after a ledge broke her fall and stopped her landing on boulders below.

Mountain rescuers airlifted the 26-year-old, who has not been named due to local laws, to hospital after the plunge.

She had been skiing with her partner on the Krippenstein mountain in the Salzkammergut resort, which boasts spectacular cliffside vistas.

With nearly 20 miles of off-piste slopes, the area is also a hotspot for ‘freeriders’ — who seek out natural paths to ski down, rather than the prepared ones used by most.

The couple had been on an off-piste route when the woman lost her skis and fell 260ft down the slope before she managed to grab hold of a ledge.

A member of the resort’s staff heard her cries for help and raised the alarm.

Mountain Rescue Service Obertraun managed to reach and secure the skier, and airlifted her to a hospital in the nearby town of Schladming.

She was treated for cuts and bruises but suffered no more serious injuries.