BERLIN -- Police in Austria say five skiers from the Czech Republic have been killed after being buried in a 'massive' Alpine avalanche.

Tirol police spokesman Helmut Schuetz said Saturday that two people were also injured after the avalanche struck the Wattener Lizum region, 30 kilometres southeast of Innsbruck.

Schuetz says a total of 17 people were caught in the avalanche that struck shortly before noon.