Three Dead in Stevens Pass Avalanche

Sunday, February 19, 2012

STEVENS PASS, WASH. Powder has confirmed that three people have died in an avalanche in the backcountry outside of Stevens Pass resort near Leavenworth, Washington. Members of the Powder staff were on site and involved in the rescue. According to those on the scene, the avalanche was skier-triggered, and started small, but propagated, capturing three others. It ran approximately 3,000 feet, according to the witness. The fourth victim reportedly deployed an airbag and escaped serious injury.

Out of respect for the victims’ families, Powder is not releasing the names the deceased at this time. All three were very familiar with the terrain and experienced backcountry travelers. All others involved in the incident are believed to be safe at this time.

Stevens Pass reported 14 inches of new snow overnight, and 26 inches in the last 24 hours. The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center rated the danger as considerable to high. We will update this report shortly.

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  • http://tomwintermedia.com Tom Winter

    If this coverage leaves you asking questions, you’ll most likely find the answers here:

    http://espn.go.com/action/freeskiing/story/_/id/7593035/avalanche-washington-stevens-pass-kills-three

    More snow across CO and the Rocky Mountains today. JJ was a good friend, please remember that the avalanche doesn’t care who you are and how many years you’ve been skiing. The snowpack is super tender. Be very careful and maybe even spend the day skiing in-bounds. Conditions are the worst I’ve ever seen in the central rockies. BE SAFE! It will snow again next year. Be with us for that season. God bless, all.

    • Micah

      Folks: Never venture into the side or backcountry immediately following a huge snowfall (due to an unstable snowpack). Wait 2-3 days until the snow to settle. This is the first thing you learn in an avalanche awareness class.

      My condolences to their families and friends.

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