Be careful driving to that first run this ski season

In action: Sieber competing in the mens giant slalom race on the Kandahar race piste at the 2011 Alpine skiing World Championships

Austrian World Cup skier Bjorn Sieber has died after a minibus in which he was travelling with his brother plunged down a 200ft slope near their home in the Alps.

The tragic accident – the day before the start of the new season – has also left Sieber’s brother with head injuries in a serious condition in hospital.

Sieber, 23, was a super combined specialist and a medalist at the junior world championships. He was a strong favourite at the opening World Cup round in Soelden, Austria, tomorrow.

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