6 killed in avalanches since Sunday

February 12, 2014 8:09:20 AM PST
Six people have died in avalanches across the Western U.S. since Sunday, bringing this year's total to 12, the Associated Press reports.

An avalanche yesterday in Oregon killed two backcountry skiers and seriously injured two others. The remaining four members of their party were unharmed.

The Oregon avalanche hit at about noon as a group of eight was skiing in the remote Wallowa Mountains. A helicopter was dispatched to rescue the survivors but couldn't get to them before nightfall.

The injured skiers spent the night on the mountain with medics and rescue crews.

Another skier who went missing after an avalanche outside a Colorado ski area was found dead Tuesday.

A snowmobiler died in another avalanche in Colorado on Monday. Two people died after avalanches over the weekend in Utah.

Avalanche centers across Washington, Oregon, Utah and Colorado are all on high alert this morning, CNN reports.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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