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UPDATE: Skier found dead near Alpental Ski area identified

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SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. —  A skier died at the Alpental Ski area after falling into a tree well, confirms the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The skier, identified as Richard Glade, 45, was found face down in the snow just after 2 p.m. Sunday.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that the cause of death was asphyxia due to immersion in snow. Manner of death was listed as an accident.

Guy Lawrence with Summit at Snoqualmie says the man was found rather quickly by someone who was on the same chair lift as he was. Two other men helped out and started CPR on the man, but he was unconscious. Ski patrol quickly arrived and took the man down the mountain.

Lawrence says it appears the man was skiing by himself at the time of the accident.