Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Helicopters are waiting for visibility to improve so they can airlift the injured skiers

The two backcountry skiers who were seriously injured during an avalanche Tuesday are being hauled out of the mountains by way of ski-sleds, Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson said this afternoon.

Rescuers began bringing the two skiers out about 12:22 p.m. today, Thompson said.

Two other skiers, one a client from the Seattle area and the other a guide from Wallowa Alpine Huts of Joseph, were killed in the avalanche.

Four others, three clients and another guide, were not injured. The three clients were rescued Tuesday night.

The uninjured guide stayed with the two injured skiers last night.

According to the Wallowa Avalanche Center's website, at 6:40 p.m. the two injured skiers were nearing Pine Valley. They were to be taken by ambulance to a helicopter waiting in Richland, which will fly them to a Boise hospital.