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2 missing, 2 dead on mountain

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  • Jan. 14: Search and rescue workers comb the hillside for victims after an avalanche hit Canyon Creek in the out-of-bounds area of the Big Mountain Sunday near Whitefish, Mont.
  • Jan. 14: Flathead County Sheriff, Mike Meehan, left, speaks with Patrol Commander Dave Leib prior to resuming avalanche search and recovery efforts at Canyon Creek, Mont.
  • Jan. 14: Flathead County Sheriff, Mike Meehan, background right looks on as Search and Rescue units head into back country to help recovery efforts at Canyon Creek, Mont.
  • Jan. 14: Search and Rescue Coordinator Jordon White of the Flathead County Sheriff's Office briefs rescue personnel prior to resuming avalanche search and recovery efforts at Canyon Creek, Mont.
  • Jan. 14: A canine rescue unit prepares to join the search at Canyon Creek, Mont., for two skiers believed trapped in an avalanche. Sunday's avalanche tore down trees and left snow 20 to 25 feet deep. Two skiers were killed, and rescuers pursued reports that two others might have been caught.

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