Search and rescue teams train for snow missions

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COLLBRAN, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The snow was really flying out at Vega State Park on Saturday, in more ways than one.

Snowmobiles raced around as Search and Rescue members trained as part of a simulation to find stranded people in the snow.

They had some help from some avalanche rescue dogs, and helicopters that helped in the training mission on the Grand Mesa.

Search and rescue members say their mission is serious, and it could be the difference between life and death.

"When you bring somebody back safely, and you see their family, happy and joyful that they’ve seen their family member return, it's then that we see the reward at that point," said Snowmobile Team Leader, Rob Martindale.

About 70 members from Mesa County Search and Rescue made the trip up to Vega State Park.

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