U.S. Skier killed in Avalanche

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 4, 2011 9:11 am

SNOQUALMIE PASS, WA — The search for a missing back-country skier has been suspended due to avalanche risk in the Cascade Mountains. The Skier was apparently killed by an avalanche in about 50 miles east of Seattle, in Washington state’s Red Mountain area.

King County sheriff’s Sgt. John Urquhart told KING-TV on Thursday that searchers believe she took off her skis and backpack and walked onto an overhanging edge of snow to get a better view, only to have it break away. He says the operation is now a recovery mission.

According to KING-TV, the 41-year-old woman went skiing alone Tuesday. Her skis and backpack have been found. Her car was left in a ski parking area near a highway.