United States soldiers in mountain warfare training hit by avalanche, official says

Skiers and snowboarders are being warned to avoid going out of bounds when in the woods after Vermont Search and Rescue teams have had to help a number of lost skiers and riders following recent back-to-back snowstorms

Skiers and snowboarders are being warned to avoid going out of bounds when in the woods after Vermont Search and Rescue teams have had to help a number of lost skiers and riders following recent back-to-back snowstorms

An avalanche has hit Vermont's tallest peak, injuring six U.S. Army soldiers training in mountain warfare.

Five soldiers were taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

The Vermont National Guard said the avalanche hit around 1 p.m. while soldiers were training as part of the Army Mountain Warfare School near Smugglers' Notch, WCAX reported. Lt. Mike Arcovitch, the Vermont National Guard spokesperson, said in a press release that none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening. The soldiers were brought down the mountain to waiting ambulances.

"There was an avalanche up at East Gully on Smugglers Notch and six soldiers were injured as a result", he said earlier Wednesday afternoon.

"The snowpack hasn't had an opportunity to metamorphosize and become a single pack". The Army website says the school provides tactical and technical training for mountain warfare and cold weather operations.

Rivard said the school trains soldiers throughout the United States.

Smugglers' Notch reportedly received almost two feet of snow over the last 24 hours - and was expected to get more.

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