Rescue teams are searching for survivors after an avalanche buried skiers at a Swiss ski resort

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Rescue forces and helicopters search for missing people after an avalanche swept down a ski piste in the central town of Andermatt, canton Uri, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. The avalanche occurred mid-morning Thursday while many holiday skiers enjoyed mountain sunshine the day after Christmas. (Urs Flueeler/Keystone via AP)

At least two people were injured Thursday and several buried in snow when an avalanche hit a ski resort in the Swiss Alps.

The avalanche started at approximately 10:50 a.m. local time and struck a slope at the SkiArena resort in Andermatt, Switzerland, police said. The slope runs from the Schneehüenerstock mountain peak to the Oberalp Pass.

Andermatt is approximately 68 miles south of Zurich.

Six people were rescued or freed themselves from the snow. The two people with minor injuries were flown to the Uri Cantonal Hospital, police said.

Rescue teams are searching the area for more skiers who may have been on the slopes when the avalanche began.

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