(CNN) — (CNN) — Two skiers missing after a weekend avalanche in the Colorado mountains were found dead Sunday, authorities said.
A search and rescue team worked to remove the bodies from the steep terrain Sunday, said Betty Benson, a spokeswoman for the Lake County Office of Emergency Management.
Searchers braved “very, very steep” terrain and high risks of another snowslide while following signals from the emergency beacons the skiers wore, Susan Matthews, another emergency management spokeswoman said Sunday.
A record level of snow this winter and changing wind patterns have combined to create “very unstable conditions” on Colorado mountains, Matthews said. “For those people who are not prepared to be in those backcountry conditions, unfortunate incidents happen.”