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Missing skier on Mount Ashland is found OK

Search-and-rescue teams from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol successfully tracked a cross-country skier who had gone missing on Mount Ashland last weekend, according to a news release.

Crews tracked the skier, a 21-year-old Eugene woman, to a tree where she had taken shelter.

The sheriff’s department received a report of the missing woman at 5:41 p.m. Saturday. The woman was reported to have been dressed for the weather. Friends she had been skiing with had last seen her on the Pacific Crest Trail heading toward the Grouse Gap shelter at about 3:30 p.m., prompting them to call 911.

Two sno-cat teams and two snowmobile teams traveled to the area and found the woman at 10:44 p.m.

“She had lost the trail due to blizzard conditions, and her phone died,” the release said. “She took shelter at the base of a tree until help arrived.”

Sheriff’s spokesman Mike Moran said the woman made a “smart move” by sheltering in place and waiting for help.

Sheriff’s officials said people who get lost in the woods should try to call or text 911, which helps dispatch get coordinates from the phone.

JCSO photoSearchers look for a missing skier on Mount Ashland last weekend. The skier, a 21-year-old Eugene woman, was found OK.