CARRABASSETT VALLEY — A pair of skiers who got lost after following the tracks of another skier to an out-of-bounds area of Maine’s Sugarloaf resort are safely out of the woods.

Wardens say 16-year-old Bradley Snow and 20-year-old Sven Bergeron, both of Oxford, slipped under the orange rope that marks the ski resort’s boundary Wednesday afternoon. They weren’t reported missing until hours later, and the search didn’t get under way until 11:30 p.m.

This morning, Maine Warden Service Pilot Dan Dufault spotted the pair within nine minutes of arriving on the scene. Game wardens used snowmobiles and snowshoes to reach them.

Sgt. Scott Thrasher says the pair built a shelter to stay warm. He says they weren’t harmed, and were allowed to leave with their parents.