Ten skiers feared buried in a Christmas Day avalanche in the Alps were all accounted for Monday — miraculously escaping a deadly trap underneath the sudden snowslide.

One man who was partly buried suffered serious injuries, while three others were treated for minor ailments, officials said.

A 500 yard avalanche covered a trail near Trittkopf mountain in the town of Zuers in eastern Austria, and emergency workers who viewed video footage believed that up to 10 skiers were trapped in the snow, police said in a statement.

About 200 rescuers were sent down the slopes to help find the skiers — but several seen in the video managed to escape the torrent and skied down the mountain without alerting officials they were safe, police said.

Rescuers works on the mountain where an avalanche caused an accident with skiers in Zurs, eastern Austria, on Sunday
Rescuers works on the mountain where an avalanche caused an accident with skiers in Zurs, eastern Austria, on Sunday.

Rescue workers stand near the site where an avalanche buried 10 skiers in the Lech/Zuers free skiing area on Arlberg, Austria.
Rescue workers stand near the site where an avalanche buried 10 skiers in the Lech/Zuers free skiing area on Arlberg, Austria.


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Rescuers works at the ski resort of Lech Zurs after ten skiers feared missing were accounted for.
Rescuers works at the ski resort of Lech Zurs after ten skiers feared missing were accounted for.

Bird's eye view of the hamlet of Zurs and the Lech - Zurs ski resort in Arlberg, Tyrol, Austria, from the Trittkopf Gondola.
Bird’s eye view of the hamlet of Zurs and the Lech – Zurs ski resort in Arlberg, Tyrol, Austria, from the Trittkopf Gondola.


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Still, search efforts continued Monday out of an abundance of caution, though police in the Vorarlberg region released a statement saying “according to the current state of information, it can be assumed that no further persons are missing.”

The deluge came after days of heavy snowfall were followed by warm weather on Sunday.

An avalanche warning was in effect, and explosives were detonated in the area to loosen small clusters of powder in an effort to prevent large buildups from snowballing.

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