Three Searches Made for Skiers, Snowboarders

Three Searches Made for Skiers, Snowboarders

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Searchers were dispatched three times to aid skiers and snowboarders in Ogden Canyon, and another search was made for snowboarders in Farmington Canyon.

People "need to use common sense and stick to the main, groomed, in-boundaries part of the ski resort once it's snowing and foggy," Weber County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Malan said. "Everybody knew there were big storms coming."

A woman suffered a cut on her head Saturday after she was caught in an avalanche in Coldwater Canyon and hit a tree. The resort's ski patrol determined it was too dangerous to enter the avalanche-prone canyon, and instead guided the skiers from the canyon by phone. Authorities met them at the bottom of the canyon.

Two Ogden women spent Saturday night lost in the back country at Powder Mountain, and were found by searchers Sunday afternoon.

Melissa Ray and Angie Dinsmore, both 24, were found nearly 24 hours after being reported missing at the resort.

Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Malan reported that the women were lost after following more experienced snowboarders into dangerous territory.

Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Jones said the women were found in good condition and just needed to be warmed up before being sent on their way.

Sunday afternoon, an out-of-state visitor got lost while skiing at Snowbasin. About five hours later, the resort's ski patrol learned the man had skied down the back side of Mount Ogden and descended into Ogden. Ski resort employees picked up the man in town.

Davis County Search and Rescue and Bountiful Jeep Posse members found two boys in Farmington Canyon early Sunday. They had been reported missing Saturday night when they failed to return from snowboarding. Their sport utility vehicle had become stuck in the snow.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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