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Skiers rescued in Glacier National Park after avalanche

Published On: Jan 30 2013 01:32:43 PM MST   Updated On: Jan 09 2013 08:30:50 AM MST
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Search crews rescued two skiers in Glacier National Park after an avalanche on Tuesday. Park staff say one man was injured in the avalanche, and search staff say the man's injuries do not appear life-threatening. 

Park staff tell NBC Montana they received a call around 4:15 p.m. The skiers were recreating near Elk Mountain in the Middle Fork area of the park, just west of Marias Pass.

By 7:00 pm one was en-route to a hospital and the other was en-route home. Park staff say one of the men was partially buried and his partner had to dig him out. Park staff believe the avalanche was human triggered, and it is not known how big it was at this time. Park staff say one of the men is from Whitefish, and is 34 years old. The other is a 35, and a resident of Montana as well, though it's not known which city he calls home. 

Park staff are reminding folks to check current avalanche conditions and make sure they have the proper gear and skills when heading out into the backcountry. It is also important to check current avalanche conditions. 

On Tuesday the Flathead Avalanche Advisory had a danger level of "considerable," with human-triggered avalanches listed as likely.