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Ten missing skiers now found; being airlifted off of Grey Mountain
The scare created when 10 skiers on Red Mountain Resort’s new Grey Mountain slopes did not report in Sunday was resolved Monday morning.
All skiers who were reported missing Sunday were found unharmed later that night by Rossland Search and Rescue.
On Sunday, Dec. 29, shortly after 5 p.m., Red Mountain Resort reported 10 overdue skiers that had not reported in.
They had set off in the morning and had spoken of exploring the new area of Grey Mountain.
The 10 skiers varied in ages and all were from the state of Washington, said RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson of the Greater Trail detachment.
“Although from out of town the lead male knows the area, has a residence at the resort on Red Mountain and is believed to be an advanced skier,” he said.
Search and Rescue was activated and subsequently located the skiers on the back side of Grey Mountain near Esling Creek Sunday night.
“No one was injured and all were accounted for,” said Johnson. “They had been able to start a fire and await assistance.”
Given the terrain and other variables search and rescue determined that they would set in for the night on Sunday and be brought out at day break.
At first light on Monday a helicopter was deployed to shuttle out the overdue skiers and the search and rescue team that located them. The process of shuttling out the group was in progress throughout Monday and was expected to be completed that day.