Five snowmobilers said they survived nearly three nights in blizzard conditions by huddling in an aspen grove and melting snow for water after becoming stranded when they ran out of gas.

"There were a few times I thought I might die out there," Steve Brammer, 30, said Wednesday. "It was the scaredest I've ever been."Searchers located the men by air Tuesday night after they spotted the fire and flares set off by the men. Neck-deep snow prevented rescuers from reaching them until early Wednesday, officials said.

Brammer, Wayne Hopkins, 44, Bob Miller, 43, Melvin Manning, 54, and Jason Manning, whose age wasn't available, apparently went off the main snowmobile trail Sunday evening while on an outing with eight others, authorities said.