KELLOGG, Idaho — An avalanche at an Idaho ski resort killed two people Tuesday, and rescuers dug out five others who had minor injuries, officials said.
Silver Mountain Resort confirmed the death and injuries in Facebook posts. Six skiers were found by the afternoon, with a seventh person rescued later in the evening buried under snow, according to the posts. That person was taken to Shoshone Medical Center, where they later died, KHQ-TV reported.
The resort said all skiers are now accounted for, according to KHQ-TV.
The avalanche happened about 11 a.m. in the Wardner Peak area, which is rated the most difficult to ski, Silver Mountain officials said. An avalanche warning had been in effect in higher elevations of multiple north Idaho counties, KHQ-TV reported.
“The staff at Silver Mountain extend their deepest sympathies to the family of the individual,” the resort said in a post announcing the first death. “Out of respect of the person’s family and their privacy, no further details will be released at this time.”
The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office said earlier that it had received reports of up to three separate avalanches on the mountain just south of the city of Kellogg in northern Idaho.
The sheriff’s office said it got calls about three people possibly trapped. It later said four people had been recovered in the avalanche area, while searchers kept looking.