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JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) – A pair of snowmobilers survived after being buried for hours in a large avalanche in Horseshoe Bowl on Teton Pass.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the couple were resting on their snowmobiles Thursday when the avalanche triggered and swept them up.

Mikey Soderling says he was buried under about 3 feet of snow but had an air pocket around his face. He says it took him at least three hours to dig himself out of the concrete-like snow and rescue his girlfriend, Anna Pantone. She suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery. Soderling escaped serious injury.

Forecasters warn that avalanche danger remains after a storm dumped more than two feet of snow on the area.

The couple say they are experienced in the backcountry but urged caution.

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