VIENNA, Jan 24 – Sniffer dogs on Monday dug out a German snowboarder who had spent the night buried under two metres (6.5 feet) of snow after an avalanche in Austria, police said.

His friend, 27, died in Sunday’s avalanche at the resort of Schoppernau in the western province of Vorarlberg, police said.

A spokesman said the 25-year-old survivor was in serious condition after spending hours under the snow.