Update 8:27 PM
The two badly injured skiers have been rescued and removed from the mountain. They were taken by sled to an area and flown out of Baker City. The woman has two broken legs and a broken arm and the man has a broken leg.
BAKER COUNTY, Ore. — Low clouds and poor visibility have grounded a rescue effort for two backcountry skiers who were seriously injured in an avalanche. Two other skiers were killed Tuesday in Eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains.
Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson says two National Guard helicopters hope to rescue the skiers later Wednesday. 8″ of snow fell overnight. Medics reached the pair last night and built a shelter to keep them warm. A man has a broken pelvis, and a woman has two broken legs and a shoulder injury.
Thompson says four skiers from the group of eight who were not injured were brought out by a snowcat that can maneuver through snow. They spent the night in the small town of Halfway.
Most of the skiers are from the Seattle area. Officials aren’t releasing names until their relatives can be notified. The group hired Wallowa Alpine Huts, a Joseph, Oregon based company to guide them on a five-day, four-night trip.