Backcountry skier dies near Snoqualmie Pass; 4th avalanche death this season
SNOQUALMIE PASS– A skier was found dead Tuesday night after not returning from a ski trip near Snoqualmie Pass.
Search and rescue crews found a debris field from an avalanche and searched the area for the missing man Tuesday evening after he was reported missing.
He was found dead from apparent injuries from the avalanche, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.
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Searchers said he was still wearing his hiking boots and his skis were still in his pack when they found him.
According to the sheriff's office, the 36-year-old Snoqualmie man had told a friend he was going back country skiing at Red Mountain Tuesday. He told his friend he would call him when he was off the mountain by 1:00 p.m. The friend called police at 2:45 p.m. when the skier had not called and a search was initiated.
He is the fourth person this winter to die in an avalanche in our area. One person was killed in December on White Pass, one in January on Crystal Mountain and another in March on Hawkins Mountain.
According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, an average 27 people died in avalanches each winter in the U.S. over the last ten years.
Right now, there is a considerable amount of avalanche danger in the mountains. Officials encourage if you are headed out, you need to evaluate the snowpack and be cautious about finding a route.