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DEC: Lost skiers spent night in snow cave

Two men got lost while skiing in the Dix Mountain Wilderness over the weekend and had to spend the night in a snow cave.

Officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook say the two skiers got lost after skiing up Dix Mountain Saturday afternoon.

35-year-old Christopher Yankee of Slaterville Springs and 21-year-old John Armstrong of Olivebridge reportedly took the wrong route while descending the mountain.

After sunset, it began snowing. Officials say the skiers built a cave to keep warm and spent the night in the wilderness.

DEC forest rangers began searching for the men after receiving a call at 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Several rangers checked trailheads, while other trekked toward Dix Mountain.

They were later found on state Route 73, just a few miles from the Dix Mountain trailhead. DEC Region 5 spokesman David Winchell said in an email that the men were found in "good shape."

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