We’re always torn on wether or not to report on this sort of news. It’s very sad to hear of these incidents, but we feel that it is very important to learn from every avalanche related accident. It may be springtime in the mountains, but the deadly risk of avalanches nevertheless remains. Stay vigilante out there. Don’t let anything escape your attention. Above all stay safe.
SNOQUALMIE AVALANCHE DETAILS:
– 2 separate avalanches 30 minutes apart trapped separate groups of snowshoers yesterday, April 13th, 2013
– Both avalanches occurred near Snoqualmie Pass near Seattle in Washington State
– 1 woman was buried 5 feet deep for 45 minutes on Red Mountain and was recovered, but she later passed away
– One 60-year old man is still missing on Granite Mountain and is presumed deceased
– “The avalanche carried them about 1279 feet at 53 miles an hour.” – Sgt. Katie Larson, King County Sheriff’s Office
– Up to 18” of heavy snow fell on Friday night in the Snoqualmie pass area
– More details and news video here: CBSNews.com
SnowBrains sends our condolences to the friends and family of the deceased hikers.