BAKER COUNTY, Ore. -- Two injured skiers and their guides are now out of the wilderness after an avalanche in eastern Oregon on Tuesday.
Two others were killed in the avalanche, and search crews worked through terrible weather conditions and dangerous terrain to get those stranded out.
It's been a tragic and treacherous two days in eastern Oregon as dozens of search crews tried to locate and get to two injured skiers and their guides out of the wilderness to safety.
All day Wednesday, snowmobilers, snowshoers, skiers and crews in helicopters tried to reach two injured skiers atop an 8,000 foot ridge.
"Very steep, very rocky. They are on a mountain and it's almost a straight slide off," said Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick.
The group of six experienced back country skiers from Washington left with two guides for a multi-day trip, but on day three around noon an avalanche hit killing one guide and one client and injuring two others.
"Some of them are friends, there were some that are related, in fact one of the young guys that's down here, his mother is the most injured up there," said Southwick.
Three other guides trekked in to help, and overnight Tuesday three of the clients were able to make it out. While the injured and the guides spent the night in the snow near the scene of the avalanche.
"They were up there with them, they got a shelter around them and blankets on them and I think some of them have some EMT or first responder training and were able to treat them," said Southwick.
Search crews finally got to the group and worked for hours getting the injured to safety.
We did check in with the Wallowa Avalanche Center, they tell us they did express concerns about the avalanche danger in this area in an update last week. They have been here at the scene during the rescue doing an investigation into the incident
The names of the victims have not been released.
Those injured suffered broken bones and were airlifted from Baker City to a hospital Wednesday night.
On Friday, employees with the Wallowa Alpine Hut went back up to the scene of the avalanche. The Baker County Sheriff's Office says they were able to bring the bodies of both victims down the mountain. They were transported to a local funeral home.