Avalanche Strikes 6 US Army Soldiers at Smugglers Notch in Vermont

Soldiers Smugglers Notch

Soldiers Smugglers Notch

U.S. Army Capt. Jason Beams, Training Division officer at the Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho, observes soldiers climbing Smugglers' Notch during their final phase of the Basic Military Mountaineering course in February 2015.

The training was taking place in Easy Gully in Smugglers Notch, a narrow pass at the edge of Mount Mansfield.

The Vermont National Guard said the soldiers were evacuated Wednesday afternoon shortly after the avalanche hit.

Rescue crews worked for more than hour to save the servicemen following the 1 p.m. snowslide near Smugglers' Notch, according to Army officials.

All six survived and were successfully located - with five going to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the other returning to active duty, WVNY reports. The soldiers were brought down the mountain to waiting ambulances.

WCAX-TV reported on Monday about skiers who outran an avalanche over the weekend on Mount Mansfield.

Rivard said the school trains soldiers throughout the United States.

The U.S. Army's Mountain Warfare school is run by the Vermont National Guard.