What started as a fun weekend in the snow turned scary and tense for a Richland family after they got stuck up in the mountains.
NBCRightNow.com - What started as a fun weekend in the snow turned scary and tense for a Richland family after they got stuck up in the mountains.
Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad and the two young kids had been having a great time of cross country skiing and sledding all President's Day weekend in Chelan County. That Monday morning, instead of a couple inches of snow they woke up to feet of it. That is when they knew they were in for a longer trip than they had planned.
"I got up and looked out and came back with the report 'We've got a problem," said grandfather Paul Scott who owns the cabin with his wife Pam.
The Scott's of Richland were stuck in the snowy stuff for an extra couple days. Paul Scott and his wife Pam usually have to park and ski a couple miles into the woods about five miles north of Lake Wenatchee to get to their cabin. When they tried to leave Monday with their family, the snow was too deep.
"If it was just the adults out there we could have made it. We would have slogged through, it would have taken us hours and hours but we could have made it."
The only problem was that they had their 4 year-old and 1 year-old grand kids that are usually towed behind in a sled. Without packing down a new trail, the sled would not move and the kids were stuck.
"By the time we got out a mile and a half and came back it was like putting in a new trail," said Paul.
Twice Paul and his son tried to clear a way out, but the snow would not let up. Monday night they had to hike up a mountain ridge to get a cell signal and call for help. On Wednesday the snow let up finally. This was their chance to make it out. Using what they had as tools and combining three different sleds to make one big one, they started to pull their family out and down the trail. That is exactly when they heard the sound of rescue.
"We heard the Snowcat and the two snowmobiles and I burst into tears," described Pam.
The county sheriff deputies with a local PUD crew arrived in their Snowcat to drive the family out of the woods.
"It'll probably be a couple weeks before I would go back up but yeah we already have plans to go back up there," said Paul "There's a great trail there now because the Snowcat made such a great trail!" explained Pam.
One thing the Scott's say really made their experience not so life threatening is that they were prepared. They had extra food and supplies, but if they were not prepared they admit it could have been a much scarier winter trip.