02/09/2016 03:54 EST | Updated 02/09/2016 10:59 EST

Skiers Rescued From Sun Peaks Resort Were Trying To Take Shortcut, Father Says

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A family of six had to be rescued from avalanche terrain Monday after they skied out of bounds at the Sun Peaks Resort north of Kamloops, B.C.

Kamloops Search and Rescue manager Alan Hobler says the father used a cell phone to call rescuers after he realized the family was in trouble.

Hobler says the group ducked under the rope at Sun Peaks at about 3 p.m. Monday, because the father thought it would be a shortcut back to the lodge.

The RCMP helicopter was bought in and the group, including children ranging in age from six to 13, was located.

There was concern because searchers noted the six were in avalanche terrain, but crews were able to reach them and walk them to safety.

Hobler says the father was extremely upset when he realized he had endangered his entire family. (CHNL)

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