Young motocross star, 19, and two others die in avalanche while skiing in Austria

Young motocross star, 19, and two others die in avalanche while skiing in Austria

  • The avalanche struck as the group of 11 skiers climbed a slope in Salzburg
  • Among the victims are a 19-year-old motocross world and European champion
  • Two other men also died and two survivors were taken to a local hospital


Three people have been killed and two injured in an avalanche that struck while they were skiing in Austria, authorities said.

The victims were part of a group of 11 skiers, eight of whom were hit by a 200-meter (655-foot) wide slab of snow as they climbed a slope during a tour in the Tweng area, Salzburg, on Saturday.

Among the victims were 19-year-old Junior Motocross World Champion and European Champion Rene Hofer and two other men, one aged 24.

Rene Hofe, 19, Junior Motocross World Champion and European Champion, died in the avalanche

The two survivors were partly buried by the avalanche, but were able to free themselves, according to a statement from the regional police.

Rescuers were able to locate two of the men using search equipment.

One had already died, the other died later in a hospital in Klagenfurt.

The third victim was found four hours after the avalanche because he was not wearing a search device.

The two injured skiers were taken to a nearby hospital.

Rene (pictured) was skiing with a group of 11 on a tour in Salzburg, Austria

Rene (pictured) was skiing with a group of 11 on a tour in Salzburg, Austria

Two other men died and two more men were able to free themselves and escape

Two other men died and two more men were able to free themselves and escape

Hofer was a motocross champion with great promise.

According to the Red Bull website: “Hofer first rode a bike as a three-year-old, has been racing since he was four and was able to embark on a unique winning streak from the age of seven.

“From 2009 to 2016, Hofer won at least one title per season.”

He scored a second-place finish in the 2020 UK opening GP, followed by a win in Austria this year.

The Red Bull KTM team paid tribute to him on Instagram.

‘rene’ [was] a multiple junior champion and GP winner with a bright future in the Grand Prix ahead.”

‘[He] will be remembered not only for his talent on the track, but also for his approachable, funny and friendly personality, along with his ever-present smile.

“Drive slowly through Rene. You will be missed immeasurably. #711′.

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