3rd body found after avalanche at Silver Mountain ski resort

Authorities searching for a missing skier at a northern Idaho ski resort say they have found a third body following Tuesday’s avalanche that killed two skiers and injured five others. Silver Mountain Resort was closed Wednesday to focus all available resources on a search following a telephone call from a concerned family member of a person confirmed to be skiing Tuesday at Silver at the time of the avalanche. The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office says a third body buried under the avalanche was located Thursday by searchers in a helicopter. However, that body has not yet been identified and authorities are not sure it is the person who was reported missing on Wednesday, though there were no other reports of missing persons on the mountain. The avalanche happened at about 11 AM Tuesday morning on Wardner Peak, an area of the resort where the ski runs are rated at the highest difficulty level. The runs had just been opened for a short period after crews performed avalanche control blasting in the area, using explosives to trigger avalanches in hopes of leaving only the stable snow layers on the runs.  (AP)