Vermont avalanche injures 6 soldiers during Army training

Vermont avalanche injures 6 soldiers during Army training

A mountain warfare training exercise nearly turned deadly for six USA soldiers on Wednesday who got caught in an avalanche on one of Vermont's tallest peaks.

Five U.S. Army soldiers have been transported to UVM Medical Center after being caught in an avalanche at Smugglers Notch while doing rough-terrain training Wednesday afternoon. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The soldiers had been training in Easy Gully with the Army Mountain Warfare School when the avalanche happened, says Sgt. Nathan Rivard, public affairs deputy for the Vermont National Guard. The soldiers were brought down the mountain to waiting ambulances.

He did not know how severely the soldiers were injured.

The Smugglers' Notch Resort snow report says the top of Mount Mansfield has received 23 inches of snow in the past 24 hours.

WCAX-TV reported on Monday about skiers who outran an avalanche over the weekend on Mount Mansfield. "It's several separate independent layers right now", Veliko said.

Smugglers' Notch reportedly received almost two feet of snow over the last 24 hours - and was expected to get more. He said the entire U.S. Army, both active and reserve, and the National Guard, all train at the school.