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Skiers caught in avalanche, missing over night found safe

By KTVM Staff
Published On: Feb 10 2013 01:15:40 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 10 2013 03:51:49 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Two overdue skiers were found safe Sunday morning after getting caught in an avalanche and spending a night in Hyalite Canyon.

Lieutenant Jason Jarrett with Search and Rescue said the skiers- from Big Timber and Idaho- were first reported missing by family around 10:30 pm Saturday night.

Gallatin County SAR was dispatched to Hyalite Canyon, but snowfall and wind prevented them from searching for the two males.

SAR resumed their search Sunday morning at 5:30 am, and they found the men three hours later.

The skiers told SAR they triggered an avalanche, and one man slid down a couple hundred vertical feet. The slide buried the man's ski, and he was not able to descend down the mountain.

The two took shelter behind a rock for the night.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin said the pair took all the necessary steps to survive- such as traveling with a partner, and letting someone know their whereabouts.