FEBRUARY 22 2012 03:29h

Missing Canadian skiers found


NELSON, British Columbia, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Two back-country skiers who'd been missing overnight in British Columbia were found in good condition Tuesday, authorities said.

Wendy Hetherington, the manager of Kimberly Search and Rescue, told CTV News the man and woman were found near the Kootenay Pass.

The two had set out Monday on a day trip to a cabin at the summit of the pass, but authorities became concerned when their car was still at the trailhead as darkness approached.

The (Vancouver) Province reported search-and-rescue teams found the skiers about 9 a.m. about 2 miles from where they had left their vehicle. The pair used shovels and some gear to build what Staff-Sgt. Dan Seibel of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment called a snow pit shelter, the newspaper said.

"They became disorientated in the area they were skiing in and got turned around," Seibel said.

Snow and fog or low-lying clouds had contributed to the situation, he said.