KEY POINTS

  • The skiers were reportedly trapped while on Silver Mountain's most difficult area to ski
  • Police were notified of as many as three avalanches
  • More avalanches are forecasted to hit the surrounding counties through Thursday

Two skiers were killed and five were rescued after an avalanche at a northern Idaho ski resort, police said.

The avalanche occurred around 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Silver Mountain Resort near Kellogg, Idaho. Several skiers were out at the time on the Wardner Peak zone, considered the hardest slopes to ski on Silver Mountain, and became trapped on the mountain from the avalanche.

At least one avalanche was confirmed, though Shoshone County Sheriff's Office said they had received calls for up to three avalanches.

Resort staff immediately called police, who responded quickly and began rescue efforts alongside other rescue crews. Search crews were assisted by resort staff, which provided updates about the search on Silver Mountain Resort’s Facebook page.

Five people were found suffering from minor injuries and were sent to nearby hospitals for treatment.

“The staff at Silver Mountain extend their deepest sympathies to the family of the individual,” Silver Mountain Resort wrote in a Facebook update. “Out of respect of the person’s family and their privacy, no further details will be released at this time.”

An avalanche warning had been in effect for the mountain’s higher elevations and will remain in effect until Thursday. More avalanches are also forecasted to hit three surrounding counties due to recent snowfall and heavy winds.

Kellogg Mayor Mac Pooler said recent snowfall had been below average before the resort received up to 18 inches of new snow overnight.

Japan avalanche One man was killed and at least 11 people injured as an avalanche engulfed about a dozen skiers on Jan. 23 at a mountain resort in central Japan. Photo: Kyodo/via REUTERS