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A skier was found dead in an avalanche in Idaho after two others were rescued

A skier was found dead after an avalanche in a backcountry area of ​​Shoshone County, Idaho, officials said, in a week of snow-related accidents across the West and Northwest.

According to the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office, Corey J. Zalewski was found and removed from the area Friday afternoon.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Corey’s family as they remember the life of this great man,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on Facebook.

Three skiers were caught in the avalanche and two were found alive, Capt. Seth Green told CNN.

Rescuers found the two – Landon E. Crecelius and David R. Sittser – near Steven's Peak after making contact with the people using a GPS device that also enabled text messaging.

“We were able to coordinate with the two individuals, one of whom reported having a broken arm,” Green said. “And the third one was still near the avalanche at the time.”

Rescuers found the couple in rough weather and provided medical care, Green said.

“When we took her to medical care, we received pretty clear information that led us to believe that the third person died at the top of the hill where the avalanche occurred,” Green said Thursday. “Based on this information, we will not be continuing our efforts this evening for the safety of everyone involved. We plan to conduct a recovery mission tomorrow.”

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Air Force assisted in the rescue mission.

Shoshone County is approximately three hours from Spokane, Washington.

The occupants of two vehicles were also rescued Thursday after they became stuck in an avalanche on State Highway 21 in Boise, according to a news release from the Idaho Department of Transportation.

“We are relieved to report that all inmates were safely rescued by first responders from Custer County and Boise County,” the Boise County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

Earlier this week, a skier was killed and another person was injured in an avalanche at a ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area of ​​California, authorities said.

The avalanche occurred Wednesday morning in Palisades Tahoe, a popular ski resort that attracts large numbers of visitors each year, and quickly triggered a multi-team search and rescue operation for potential victims, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said. More than 100 resort employees helped with the search, Palisades Tahoe said in a statement.

The avalanche occurred in an area that had only been opened in the morning and was undergoing several days of rigorous “avalanche control assessments” by teams that also assessed weather conditions and safety measures, Michael Gross, vice president of mountain operations for Palisades Tahoe, said during a news conference on Wednesday.

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