MAMMOTH LAKES (KRON - Three people were partially buried after an avalanche at Mammoth Mountain, according to the resort's official Twitter page.
The avalanche hit around 10:15 a.m., officials said.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol immediately began emergency protocol, searching the area for any missing or trapped people.
Around 11:50 a.m. rescuers found that three people had been partially buried, but were able to free themselves.
Mammoth Mountain is stopping lift operations for the rest of the day in order to conduct avalanche hazard mitigation work.
Officials say there have been no reports of missing people. If you know of anyone who is missing in the area, call 760-934-0611.
(3/3) There have been no reports of missing persons. If members of the public are aware of missing friends or family, please call 760-934-0611.— MammothMountain (@MammothMountain) March 3, 2018
(2/3) Three individuals were partially buried in the avalanche and were able to free themselves. Lift operations at Mammoth will be halted for the remainder of the day to focus full efforts on the site.— MammothMountain (@MammothMountain) March 3, 2018
(1/3) 11:50AM - Avalanche protocols were initiated immediately. The first searches with transceivers, avalanche dogs and a RECCO search have not produced any results. The third stage of the avalanche protocol involving a manual probe search is underway.— MammothMountain (@MammothMountain) March 3, 2018
and the mountain is currently closed. At this time, there are no confirmed missing people. If members of the public are aware of missing friends or family, please contact 760.934.0611. More information to follow.— MammothMountain (@MammothMountain) March 3, 2018
1/2 At approximately 10:15AM on March 3, 2018, Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol was performing avalanche hazard mitigation work when an avalanche released on the upper part of the mountain traveling towards the High Five Express [Chair 5] area. All rescue measures are in place and...— MammothMountain (@MammothMountain) March 3, 2018
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