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German fight over virgin slope

Fresh snow caused a punch up between two German skiers who both wanted to be first to ride a "virgin" snow field on the side of the 2,305 metre Karjoch peak at Reutte in Tyrol.

The two men not named because of privacy laws had both wanted to be the first to leave their tracks in the virgin piste after a fresh snowfall - and a war of words ended with the pair bashing each other with their ski sticks as they raced down the mountain.

The rivals aged 40 and 57 were arrested as they got to the bottom of the run and both were taken to hospital to be treated for deep cuts and bruises caused by the ski sticks.

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