Three Skiers Killed In Washington Avalanche
The avalanche occurred on Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle. TIME reported that the deaths occurred "in an out-of-bounds area" near a popular ski resort.
According to The Associated Press and USA Today, those killed were experienced skiers and all others who were initially missing have now been found:
- All were buried to some extent, but the men who died were swept about 1,500 feet down a chute in the Tunnel Creek Canyon area, King County Sheriff's Sgt. Katie Larson said.
- Most of the other skiers, all well-equipped, were able to free themselves and rushed to dig out the victims. They performed CPR on the three men to no avail, Larson said.
- The fourth skier who was swept far down the mountain, a woman, appeared to avoid a similar fate because of the avalanche safety device she was wearing, Larson said. Larson didn't immediately have other details about the device.
TIME also reported that this winter has been a particularly dangerous one in the Washington mountains:
- Four people disappeared in vicious storms while hiking and climbing on Mount Rainier last month. (They remain missing).
- Across the West, there had been 13 avalanche deaths this season as of Feb. 16, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which tracks avalanche deaths in the U.S.