Lost skiers located on Grey Mountain

Two skiers who were reported overdue Thursday at Red Mountain were located un-harmed Friday by Rossland Search and Rescue.

Two skiers who were reported overdue Thursday at Red Mountain were located un-harmed Friday by Rossland Search and Rescue.

The 16-year-old Boy Scouts from Pullman, Wash., were visiting the resort for in-bound skiing, according to RCMP Cpl Dave Johnson.

“Rossland Search and Rescue were activated and subsequently located tracks, thought to belong to the missing pair, on the back side of Grey Mountain heading into the Esling Creek basin,” he noted.

The search resumed Friday morning after efforts were made Thursday into the night. The teens were located at about 9:30 a.m. and choppered out to the Red parking lot, where they were reunited with their troop of 35 Scouts.

This is the second rescue of this kind in less than a week.

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

The 10 skiers were located Monday uninjured around midnight by search and rescue and were extricated from the backside of the mountain by an RCMP helicopter commissioned from Castlegar.

Don Thompson, vice president of operations and development at Red Mountain Resort, confirmed that in both cases the skiers slipped under a rope and went out of bounds.

A new chapter at Red Resort began when the chairlift on Grey Mountain opened for the first time Dec. 20, which expanded the area with access to over 1,000 acres of skiing.