One Person Dies and 5 Are Rescued After Avalanche in Idaho, Officials Say


One person was killed and five were rescued on Tuesday after an avalanche at a ski resort in northern Idaho trapped several people on a mountain slope, resort officials said.

The snow slide happened around 11 a.m. on Tuesday near Wardner Peak, a 6,200-foot mountain that is part of the Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Idaho, the ski area said on its Facebook page.

Emergency responders were still searching the mountain as of midafternoon to see if any skiers had not been accounted for, local officials said.

Mac Pooler, the longtime mayor of Kellogg, said snowfall in the area had been below average this winter, but the resort had received 16 to 18 inches of new snow overnight.

“I’ve never heard of an avalanche up there that actually trapped anybody,” Mr. Pooler said in a phone interview Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear if the the people rescued were in a patrolled area of the slopes or if they had gone off course, which Mr. Pooler said happened from time to time.

“You deal with a certain amount of people that signs don’t mean anything to,” he said.

The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that four individuals had been “recovered” from the avalanche area and that search efforts were still underway. In an earlier post, it said there had been as many as three separate avalanches at the ski resort.

The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to requests for further comment. Neither did the resort, which Mr. Pooler said was popular with skiers from the Spokane, Wash., area; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Montana and Canada.

The authorities did not immediately release the name of the person who died. The United States Forest Service had issued a backcountry avalanche warning earlier Tuesday for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.



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