The Tourist Board of Tasmania says all tourists will be evacuated after a major avalanche near a ski resort in northern New South Wales.
The board says a snowfall that was forecast for Tuesday morning caused the avalanche that left one person dead and six injured in a village of Snowy Peak.
The avalanche occurred on the northern slopes of the Great Bear Resort and was reported at 1:00pm.
Tasmania Police are urging people to stay away from the area, which is a popular destination for tourists and bushwalkers.
A spokesman for Tasmania Police said they were not aware of any significant injuries and that a rescue helicopter was also dispatched.
Tourists are being urged to stay at least 300 metres away from Snowy Peaks and other areas, and to call 911 if they see someone on the slopes.
It is the third major avalanche in Tasmania in as many days.
The Great Bear resort is popular with backpackers and mountain bikers, with the resort’s popular ski slope, the Mount Wilson, also at risk of the avalanche.
Snowy Peak is located in the Snowy Valley of the Gippsland National Park and was one of Tasmania’s best-known ski resorts, the Snowshoe, a short distance from the resort.
“We are concerned about the safety of the ski area and other nearby areas,” Tasmania Police Deputy Commissioner Paul Burdick said.
Read more: “The resort is well-known for its ski slopes and this avalanche is believed to have occurred on that slopes.”
Snowshoe slopes and the Mount Hood snowfield were evacuated in the town of Mascot, about 200 kilometres south of Snowfield, after the avalanche, with roads and schools closed.
Traffic was diverted off the Mascots road and onto nearby roads, including the Snow Mountain Road.
Authorities also closed the roads around the resort to allow for emergency response teams to reach the scene.
More to come.