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Avalanches Roar Down Mount Bachelor

No one was injured Sunday morning when a pair of avalanches roared down an ungroomed area of the Mount Bachelor ski area.

The first slide started about 9 a.m. at the 8,500-foot level, followed by the second an hour later.

Ski area spokeswoman Kathy Degree said the slides were triggered by skiers who were coming down an ungroomed area within the resort’s permit boundary.

They were able to ski to safety, Degree said.

Authorities initially feared several people were buried by the 200-foot-wide slides, which cascaded 2,000 feet down the southwest slopes of the mountain.

The resort and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department launched a full-scale search and determined no one was trapped. The ski area will be open for business as usual today, Degree said.