Search-and-rescue operations were underway Tuesday afternoon at a ski resort in northern Idaho after at least one avalanche was reported.
The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office reported four people had been recovered after three avalanches at the ski area.
A rescue effort is being coordinated by emergency responders, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook.
“Heavy snow has recently fallen over the area, and high winds are causing avalanches to occur,” said weather.com meteorologist Brian Donegan. “Winds may finally diminish by Wednesday night or Thursday.”
One skier at the site who helped Ski Patrol with the rescue said one person was partially buried but freed himself to aid the search for others.
Two other skiers who were under the snow were pulled out and were seen walking away.
Another skier was found buried beneath about 10 feet of snow as rescuers used probes. The skier was pulled and came out yelling because he was so excited to be found.
Silver Mountain is located near the town of Kellogg in the Idaho Panhandle, about 70 miles east of Spokane, Washington.