February 21, 2011
On February 19th an avalanche killed 3 skiers near the Stevens Pass Ski Area in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The skiers killed were part of a larger party of backcountry skiers in the Tunnel Creek/Cowboy Mountain area which is accessed from the ski resort. A total of 5 were caught, 2 were partially buried and rescued by party members, 3 were killed in the slide. All skiers were highly experienced and equipped for backcountry travel. The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) had rated avalanche hazard as "high" on the day of the accident. A detailed account of the accident is available at the Seattle Times website.On the same day a snowboarder was killed in a separate accident on Snoqualmie Pass. A total of 7 have been killed in avalanche accidents in just the past week.... read more
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