On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) said a skier was found dead near Snoqualmie Pass Tuesday night after being caught in an avalanche.
According to KCSO, the 36-year old Snoqualmie man (who lived near the Pass) told a friend he was going backcountry skiing at Red Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass. He had an emergency plan with his friend, saying he would contact him when he was off the mountain by 1PM. The friend called police at 2:45PM when the skier had still not called.
Police found his car in the parking lot near his skiing location, finding his dog inside. Search and Rescue crews responded to the area and searched into the night.
Around 9PM SAR crews found an avalanche debris field and searched the area for the man, locating him a short time later deceased from apparent injuries suffered during the avalanche.
KCSO said searchers reported the man was still wearing his hiking boots, with his skis still in his pack. His body was released to the King County Medical Examiner who will determine cause of death and identification.