Alaska State Troopers rescued two hikers from Hatcher Pass after they were reported overdue late Sunday.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters identified the hikers as Kari Mauldin of Wasilla and Hannah Ramage of Las Vegas, both 28 years old.
They left Saturday planning to spend the night at a cabin approximately nine miles from the Gold Mint trailhead.
"They were about a mile away from the cabin they were trying to reach," Peters said. "When the snow dump wouldn't stop they decided their best bet was to make their way back to their vehicle."
Channel 2's Jackie Purcell said the official snowfall recorded at Hatcher Pass this weekend measured just under 39 inches, and troopers estimate the snow at the site of the rescue even deeper: four feet.
That prevented rescue attempts Sunday, but on Monday around 11 a.m. troopers responded to the area with a helicopter to conduct an aerial search of the trail.
The two had hiked back toward the car where they camped and were located three miles from the trailhead in 5 to 6 feet of snow.
HELO-2 landed approximately a quarter mile from the hikers, and troopers hiked to their location and loaded them into the helicopter.
They were transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for medical treatment and are in stable condition with family and friends.