Just want to send out some positive vibes to my backcountry brethren in the PNW, where two separate avalanches at Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie Pass took the lives of 3 skiers and 1 snow boarder today. With this year’s sketchy snowpack, these incidents seems like they could have happened anywhere in the west.
The avalanche on Snowqualmie Pass and near the Alpental ski area, was triggered by a snowboarder, which subsequently swept him over a 500′ cliff to his death. At Stevens Pass, and in an out-of-bounds area, 12 skiers were caught in another separate avalanche event. 3 of them were unresponsive to attempts at CPR and perished.
No names have been released yet, and we are all holding our breath that is no one we know. But, we also send our deepest condolences to all friends and families involved.