ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the rescue of two skiers who were stranded on an Alaska glacier (all times local):
Rescuers have found two skiers who were stranded on an Alaska glacier for four days.
The Alaska Air National Guard says a break in snowy, windy weather allowed its helicopter to land shortly after noon Tuesday to pick up Jennifer Neyman and Christopher Hanna.
The pair are in good condition. They had been stuck on Bear Glacier since Friday and dug a snow cave for shelter.
The Guard says rescuers aboard the helicopter assessed the health of Neyman and Hanna before they were flown to a hospital for care.
They got stranded after an airplane dropped them off for a day of skiing and hiking. Bad weather that night prevented the airplane from coming back to pick them up.
Rescuers attempting to reach two skiers stranded since Friday on an Alaska glacier are trudging through harsh weather and challenging terrain for a second day.
The skiers are on Bear Glacier, one of more than 30 glaciers in the Harding Ice Field on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula.
While the sun shone in Anchorage 70 miles to the north, strong winds and low clouds remained prevalent over the ice field as the rescue team dropped off Monday presses on.
National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Albanese says a weather station near Wolverine Glacier about 28 miles northeast of Bear Glacier showed blizzard conditions.
The temperature in late morning was 31 degrees with snow and southeast winds of 30 mph, gusting to 42 mph.
Albanese says easterly winds are carrying moisture-laden air into the region from Prince William Sound.
As the air hits the mountains, it rises and cools to a temperature where the moisture condenses.
Skies are forecast to partially clear, and winds are forecast to head north and diminish to 15-25 mph later Tuesday.
The Alaska Air National Guard says a rescue helicopter has spotted the site where two skiers stranded since Friday have hunkered down.
Strong winds and blowing snow prevented the helicopter from landing on Bear Glacier in the Harding Ice Field and the chopper has departed to refuel.
Jennifer Neyman and Christopher Hanna, both of Soldotna, were dropped off by airplane Friday for a day trip of skiing and hiking. Bad weather that night prevented a pickup.
They created a shelter by building a snow cave and the helicopter crew Tuesday spotted skis posted outside the shelter.
The Guard's Rescue Coordination Center says it received a preloaded satellite text message from Neyman and Hanna saying they were "OK" in the snow shelter.
A ground crew dropped off Monday continues to hike toward the duo.
Four Alaska Air National Guard rescuers have trudged miles through difficult terrain and harsh weather to save two people who have been stuck on a glacier since Friday.
A helicopter dropped the rescue team about 15 miles from the stranded duo, who dug snow caves to protect themselves from powerful winds and heavy snow on Bear Glacier.
The Alaska Air National Guard said that the rescuers bedded down for the night about 6 1/2 miles from the pair and hoped to reach them Tuesday.
An aircraft dropped supplies to Jennifer Neyman and Christopher Hanna, both of Soldotna, who were dropped off by an airplane Friday for a day trip. Bad weather prevented that plane and two rescue helicopters from reaching the ice field.
This story has been corrected to reflect that Wolverine Glacier is not part of the Harding Ice Field.