Two backcountry skiers died in an avalanche in the mountains of eastern Oregon on Tuesday. Some in their group are from the Seattle area.
The accident happened at about noon near Little Eagle Meadows in the southern Wallowa Mountains.
Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick said a Life Flight helicopter was dispatched to rescue survivors, but the helicopter couldn't get any closer than about a half-mile away from the scene, due to weather conditions..
Members of the Panhandle Snowmobile Club were en route to the scene as well.
A total of twelve people were skiing together when the avalanche hit, the group consisted of were guides and clients.
Four members of the group are now with rescuers and coming out on the ground. Six others will be spending the night on the mountain. The two deceased are also at the avalanche location, according to Southwick.
Southwick said the skiers apparently were clients of a Joseph company, Wallowa Alpine Huts, Ski Outfitters that conducts wilderness ski tours. Southwick said one survivor apparently used a cell phone to report the avalanche.
The skiers were on a guided multi-day trip, according to Connelly Brown, the owner of Wallowa Alpine Huts Ski Outfitters.