Three snowmobilers escape E. Oregon avalanche

Three snowmobilers escape E. Oregon avalanche

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Photos of the slide shared with the Wallowa Avalanche center show the snowmobilers partially buried

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 10:44 PM

LA GRANDE, Oregon -- A large avalanche in the Elkhorn Mountains of eastern Oregon Sunday caught three snowmobilers in its path, partially burying the men and wrecking their sleds.

The slide happened as a group of five snowmobiles rode near Rock Creek Canyon, about 11 miles southeast of Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort.

Forecasters with the Wallowa Avalanche Center say one rider was climbing a northeast, mid-elevation slope when he triggered the avalanche halfway up the slope. The resulting fracture caught and partially buried three riders.

Members of the party performed a self-rescue and evacuated the backcountry safely, according to the accident report.

The area posed a significant avalanche risk after a large amount of snow fell over the weekend, according to avalanche experts.

Read the full report here.

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