The chairlift on Grey Mountain opened for the first time Dec. 20

The chairlift on Grey Mountain opened for the first time Dec. 20

Families rescued after night on Grey Mtn

Two families spent a cold night on Grey Mountain after finding themselves lost in the back country Sunday afternoon.

Two families with children ranging from ages six to 18 spent a cold night on Grey Mountain after finding themselves lost in the back country Sunday afternoon.

The 10 skiers were located uninjured around midnight by Rossland Search and Rescue (SAR) and were in the process of being extricated from the back side of the mountain by an RCMP helicopter commissioned from Castlegar, by press time Monday.

“It’s one of those things that can happen,” said Graham Jones, director for Rossland’s SAR. “Getting into a difficult situation that is not anticipated is what we are here for,” he continued. “We are here to help them come back safe and ski another day.”

The skiers, all residents of Washington, found themselves disoriented around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon on the back of the mountain and decided to hunker down and wait for rescue, according to Jones.

“They knew darkness was approaching so they lit a fire and tried to stay warm which is the smart thing to do.”

Rossland SAR was alerted to the overdue skiers at 5:30 p.m. that evening after an initial investigation by the Trail detachment determined the skiers were indeed missing.

By 7 p.m. SAR was on the hill and after covering the perimeter of Grey when the rescue team located a number of tracks leading into the bush.

Nine responders followed that trail and eventually caught up to the group.

“Due to the lack of snow this year, the terrain is not very friendly and has rockery,” explained Jones.

“Instead of floundering through all the brush the families stayed in one spot,” he said, “They came for a day of skiing and unintentionally ended up away from the ski area.”

Rossland SAR members along with the families were being flown off the mountain by chopper Monday afternoon, four at a time.

“No one was injured and all were accounted for,”  confirmed Cpl. Dave Johnson from the Trail and Greater District RCMP detachment. “The process of shuttling out the groups is currently in progress and is expected to be completed today (Monday).”

A new chapter at Red Resort began when the chairlift on Grey Mountain opened for the first time Dec. 14, which expanded the area with access to over 1,000 acres of skiing.

Red Mountain Resort did not respond to inquiries by press time Monday.

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

The pilot of this single-engine propeller plane was unhurt after crash-landing in a Como Road orchard Friday, June 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Plane crash lands into Grand Forks orchard, pilot injured

RCMP have secured the crash site, pending investigation by Transport Canada

Author John Vaillant joins Lisa Moore and Fred Wah for Elephant Mountain Literary Festival’s Alumni Reading on Friday, July 9. All three authors were featured at the inaugural festival in 2012. Photo: Submitted
FESTIVAL TALES: When 2012 meets 2021

The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival will include authors from the event’s inaugural year

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Seth Rogan’s vibrant orange sculpture was sold for $7,000 above Vancouver Art Gallery’s initial estimation at auction Tuesday. June 15. (Heffel Fine Arts)
Vase made by Seth Rogen sells for $12,000 at Vancouver auction

The B.C.-born comedian has a new pot habit, and it’s one that’s paying off

BC Lions running back John White IV (3) runs with the ball during first quarter CFL football action against the Ottawa Redblacks in Ottawa on Saturday, September 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
BC Lions file trademark for new logo

Canadian Football League team files for new design on June 1

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Camper van explosion burns Vancouver Island gas station to the ground

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

The Montreal Police logo is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Some Quebec politicians are calling for an investigation after a video was released that appears to show a Montreal police officer with his leg on a young Black man’s neck during an arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Probe called for after video appearing to show Montreal officer’s knee on Black youth’s neck

Politicians call for investigation after clip evokes memories of George Floyd incident

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. The website for a Broadway theatre showing "Springsteen on Broadway" said it would only allow guests "fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine" — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
No Springsteen for you: AstraZeneca not good enough to qualify for Broadway ticket

Victoria area mayor among those unable to attend New York entertainment due to COVID-19 restriction

The BC Ferries’ website is down for the second time in one week from what they say is likely an overwhelming increase in web traffic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Surging web traffic crashes BC Ferries’ site again

Website down for second time this week

John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (CP photo)
PODCAST: John Furlong lays out a ‘provincial’ B.C. plan to host the 2030 Winter Olympics

Podcast: Chat includes potential role for Vancouver Island communities

Lake Country firefighters made good use of pet respirators they keep on board June 17, 2021. (District of Lake Country)
PHOTOS: 11 dogs rescued, home destroyed in large blaze in Okanagan

Home deemed a total loss, cause remains unknown but crews thankful for pet respirators

Most Read