Just after 6 a.m. today, the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center, Sandpoint, issued an avalanche warning due to severe snow conditions.

Update 11:38 p.m: Silver Mountain posted to Facebook at about 9 p.m. that a second victim has been recovered and that all skiers have now been accounted for.

"This evening, Silver Mountain Ski Patrol located an additional person buried in the avalanche," they posted. "The skier was extricated and has been transported to Shoshone Medical Center. Indications are all skiers are now accounted for. Silver Mountain extends our deepest condolences to everyone affected, and out of respect to the families, no further comments will be released at this time."

"The sheriffs office can confirm that five individuals were rescued and two were recovered from an avalanche on Silver Mountain today," sheriff's officials posted to Facebook at around 11 p.m. "We would like to thank the numerous volunteers that assisted from several agencies including District 2, District 1 Fire, Idaho Department of Lands, CdA Fire Dept, Shoshone County Search and Rescue, Schweitzer’s ski patrol, National Avalanche Center, and several local volunteers.

"Our deepest condolences go out to all the family and friends affected by this tragic event."

A series of avalanches on Silver Mountain, Kellogg, killed one and injured five others in the Wardner Peak area just after 11 a.m.

The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center, Sandpoint, issued a backcountry avalanche warning for North Idaho, including Shoshone County, and Lincoln County, Montana, just after 6 a.m. this morning.

"As of 11:07 a.m., the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an avalanche, potentially up to three separate avalanches, that occurred on Silver Mountain within the last hour," officials posted to the Shoshone County Sheriff's Facebook page. "It has been reported to our 911 Communications Center that possibly three people have been trapped in one of those avalanches. At this time, emergency responders are coordinating a rescue effort with Silver Mountain.

At 12:48 p.m., they posted "At this time, four (4) individuals have been recovered from the Silver Mountain avalanche area. Search efforts continue utilizing the Silver Mountain Ski Patrol, Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Shoshone County Volunteer Search and Rescue."

Bystanders and members of the Silver Mountain Ski Patrol resonded immediately, searching the avalanche field with probes. A K-9 Team from the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department was dispatched to assist.

At about 4 p.m., Silver Mountain posted, "Silver Mountain confirms there was an avalanche in the Wardner Peak area of the ski resort at approximately 11 a.m. this morning. Silver Mountain Ski Patrol and other volunteers responded immediately and started searching with probes. At this time Silver Mountain can confirm there was one fatality and five others involved who were rescued with minor injuries. The search is currently continuing with probes and rescue dogs.

"The staff at Silver Mountain extend their deepest sympathies to the family of the individual. Out of respect of the person’s family and their privacy, no further details will be released at this time."

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