A team of 10 volunteers with Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit assisted the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol Thursday night in a search for three young skiers who lost their way after skiing out of bounds in the afternoon.
The three boys, whose ages were not available, were reported lost at about 4:30 p.m., said Delinda Castellon, a spokeswoman for the Boise-based rescue group. Searchers with IMSRU got on the mountain at about 7 p.m.
The boys, who were found just before 10 p.m., had been skiing down Deer Point and went out of bounds, apparently intentionally, IMSRU reports. None were injured.
"They are fortunate to have made it out safely," Castellon said.
She said one of the boys was in contact with his father via cellphone. Searchers were able to get a location of where the boys were from a “ping” of the cellphone obtained by the Boise County Sheriff’s Office.
Temperatures dropped from the high 20s to the mid-20s during the five and a half hours the boys were waiting for rescue on the mountain, according to the National Weather Service.
At 9:30 p.m., the boys were walking toward a service road, Castellon said.
Some of the rescue team were on a snowcat, and four IMSRU volunteers were on snowshoes, walking 2 to 3 miles to reach the boys, she said. The boys were taken out of the area on a snowcat.
Bogus Basin received another huge snow dump from the latest storm, with 21 inches in 24 hours.
That increased the base to 80 inches. All that new snow in the area increased avalanche danger, Castellon said. Small amounts of snow are forecast through the weekend.