A skier was fully buried in an avalanche just outside Stevens Pass ski resort in Washington yesterday. Luckily, his buddies were able to dig him out and save him. No more details are available at this time, but it appears that he was uninjured in the incident. We’ll report back once more details emerge.
“There was a full burial just outside the ropeline at Stevens Pass yesterday! Luckily, the victim was dug out safely. Conditions are very dangerous out there right now! Let’s hope these warmer temps flush out the weaker layers.” – Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC), today
Avalanche danger is rated at “High” today across the majority of the Cascades in Washington. Travel in avalanche terrain is NOT recommended today.
El Niño Estupendo
With the winter ahead El Niño driven, unusual snowpacks may be a given.
It’s time to slow and use your brain, to lessen risk and limit pain.
This year ahead may bring surprise, cracks and whumpfs before your eyes.
Beware of old, familiar places, fates fill with such alluring cases.
Treat every storm as something new, a fresh map for what to do.
No matter what has happened before, new extremes lie at the door.
So even though you think you know, check the snow and terrain as you go.
-Mark Moore (Dec 2015)
Please be very careful out there this week in the Pacific Northwest. Lots of snow is headed your way with roller coaster freezing levels which will make for high avalanche danger all week.
Always check the avalanche report before heading out: