Skiers found after night in the cold

21:18, Aug 20 2012

Search and rescue staff have found two skiers who spent the night in the back country at Ohau Snow Fields.

The skiers were believed to be safe and well. They were found about an hour after the search resumed at 7.30am.

Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru, could not confirm where they were located. They were being returned to Ohau, he said.

Police were alerted by skifield staff about 4.30pm yesterday that the pair had not returned after skiing out of bounds at the top of the mountain. They are not believed to be local.

Constable Nayland Smith, of Omarama, said yesterday evening that search and rescue personnel were on their way to the area. It was foggy on the mountain and the weather was deteriorating.

Two mountain rescue experts from Twizel were in the nearby Ben Ohau area and went straight to the scene. They had trained avalanche dogs with them.

A helicopter had also been deployed to assist with the search.