One elderly man was killed by an avalanche at Crystal Mountain, Saturday


Before 11 a.m. Saturday an avalanche buffeted by hurricane-force winds as a powerful winter storm moved through Western Washington buried six skiers in the Silver Basin area on Crystal Mountain at a resort which only opened last week. A 66-year-old man died. His identity has not been released. “Skiers can travel at will wherever they want in the national forest. They had gone out into the forest but ended up back in bounds (of the resort) where this slide occurred,” Frank DeBerry, the resort’s president and CEO, said. „They were required to check snow conditions prior to their excursion,” he added. Sgt. Darren Moss, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said in a written statement that everyone in the group was wearing homing beacons. Thepeople involved in the accident were able to extricate themselves from the snow except the man who was unresponsive. Some others in the group suffered minor injuries. They were rescued by ski patrol, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. As the National Weather Service announced a wind gust of 94 miles per hour was reported at the mountain. A deputy from the sheriff’s department went to Crystal Mountain to investigate the incident.


The mountain resort was forced to close the Mt. Rainier gondola. Winter has arrived in full force. Crystal Mountain is the largest ski resort in Washington state, encompassing 2,600 acres. This place has the steeps and deeps, tree shots, expansive world-class bowls, ridge line plunges, couloirs, chutes, powder fields and side and backcountry terrain that expert skiers and riders crave. it also fields an immense array of well-groomed intermediate and advanced intermediate cruisers.