Skiers on thin ice

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Norwegian cross country skiers were warned to stick to the tracks and stay off lakes, after several people fell through thin ice over the weekend. The long, mild start to winter has caused unusually high variation in ice thickness on the surface of lakes.

Norway’s Ski Association (Skiforeningen) told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) many skiers have ignored warning tape and ventured out onto lakes. In one of the reports, a man in his 50s fell through the ice on Øyungen in the forest north of Oslo on Saturday. Rescue crews were sent out, but the man managed to pull himself free.

The association’s Hege Blichfeldt Sheriff said it’s lucky none of the accidents have been serious. “If you are unsure, stay on the land,” she said. “We have started taking new measurements, but for now the ice is still too thin on some lakes to open the trails.” Skiers can check the status of lakes in their region on the Skiforeningen website. staff