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Volunteers continue to help in search for missing Flathead skier

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WHITEFISH - Several volunteers showed up over the weekend to help in the search for the Whitefish skier who's now been missing for over a week.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says roughly 80 skiers were ready to join the search and rescue efforts on Saturday and there were similar numbers on Sunday.

Authorities were alerted that Flathead Valley Doctor Jonathan Torgerson didn’t return home from a backcountry expedition on Saturday, Feb. 17. He was said to have been skiing alone out of bounds to the northeast of the Flower Point area of Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Sheriff Curry says weather continues to complicate the search.  Weather conditions grounded search efforts in the air Friday, but they continued on the ground. Even with more snow expected, Sheriff Curry says they'll continue to search.

“The conditions deteriorated on the mountain to the point where it was deemed not to be safe to have Scares in potential avalanche zones so we had to pull them," Sheriff Curry said on Sunday.

"So we'll probably get people rehabbed, again the conditions are bad in the forecast, tonight we'll probably rehab people tomorrow and then I imagine continue again on Tuesday.”

Sheriff Curry says it's possible Torgerson has an avalanche transceiver and searchers will continue to attempt and locate a signal, though those batteries are said to only last eight days.

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