UPDATE/GRANTS PASS, OR - Rescuers are hauling one of two injured backcountry skiers who survived a deadly avalanche in northeastern Oregon's Wallowa Mountain to a landing zone, where they hope a National Guard helicopter can pick them up, if the weather breaks.
Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson said Wednesday afternoon that rescuers had the second injured skier nearly to the top of the steep slope where the two were stranded overnight. That person also will be towed in a rescue sled to the landing zone.
He says earlier information that both injured skiers were on their way out of the avalanche zone was incorrect.
Thompson says if the weather doesn't break, the two will be towed to the nearest paved road, where an ambulance will take them to a Baker City hospital.
The avalanche Tuesday killed two others in the party of six skiers and two guides.
GRANTS PASS, OR - Rescuers are hoping for a break in the weather to evacuate two injured backcountry skiers who survived an avalanche that killed two others in northeastern Oregon's Wallowa Mountains.
Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson said Thursday morning that two National Guard helicopters were flying to the site.
He says there's no word on whether there's enough visibility for the helicopters to pick up the two injured skiers, who were bundled in rescue sleds after a cold and snowy night on the mountain.
Four unhurt skiers were taken out by a snow cat, which couldn't reach the injured skiers on the steep slope.
Most of the skiers were from the Seattle area. They were on a guided five-day trip with an outfitter from Joseph.
GRANTS PASS, OR - A sheriff's deputy says low clouds and poor visibility have grounded a rescue effort for two backcountry skiers seriously injured in an avalanche that killed two other skiers in eastern Oregon's Wallowa Mountains.
Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson says two National Guard helicopters hope to renew rescue efforts at first light Wednesday.
Thompson says four unhurt skiers from the group of eight are being brought out by snowcat - a large, tracked vehicle that can maneuver on snow. They were expected to spend the night at the small town of Halfway, Oregon.
Sheriff Mitch Southwick says the avalanche hit about noon Tuesday as the group skied in a remote area.
Most of the skiers are from the Seattle area. Officials aren't releasing names until relatives can be notified.
GRANTS PASS, OR - Officials in eastern Oregon say an avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains has killed two backcountry skiers and seriously injured two others.
The Baker County sheriff's office says the avalanche hit at about noon Tuesday as a group of eight was skiing in the remote and mountainous area.
Most of the skiers are from the Seattle area.