Eastern Idaho officials say a snowmobiler is lucky to be alive after being buried in an avalanche in southern Bear Lake County.
This morning's Idaho State Journal reports that a joint effort by rescue teams from Bear Lake and Utah's Cache counties rushed to the Beaver Creek area when an avalanche buried a snowmobiler who had been sledding in the remote area in the afternoon hours of Jan. 11.
The victim had to be hoisted up a 1,100-foot ridge during the rescue, and officials said he suffered two broken femurs and a broken arm in the avalanche.
Meanwhile, the Journal reports that conditions are ripe for more avalanches, with blizzard and high-wind warnings continuing into Sunday. Island Park, Driggs, Ashton, St. Anthony, Dubois, Montpelier, Georgetown, Paris, the Bear Lake area, the Grays Lake area, Swan Valley, Soda Springs, Lava Hot Springs, McCammon, Arimo and Downey, are all under a winter storm warning.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Central Idaho mountains, including Sun Valley, Stanley, Hailey, Mackay and Challis.