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Sun Feb 19, 2012, 05:33 PM

3 dead, up to 8 missing in Wash. avalanche

SEATTLE (AP) Three people died and as many as eight others are missing after an avalanche near a Washington state ski resort, authorities said.

King County sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West said her office began receiving word about the avalanche near the Stevens Pass ski area just after noon Sunday. Stevens Pass is in the Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-19/dead-washington-avalanche/53156130/1

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just breaking on BBC

ticker says : Three people dead and up to eight missing in avalanche near ski resort in Washington state, US

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Reply 3 dead, up to 8 missing in Wash. avalanche (Original post)
dipsydoodle Feb 2012 OP
Muskypundit Feb 2012 #1
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2012 #22
MissB Feb 2012 #2
dipsydoodle Feb 2012 #3
MissB Feb 2012 #6
Voice for Peace Feb 2012 #17
OKNancy Feb 2012 #4
HuckleB Feb 2012 #5
bahrbearian Feb 2012 #7
HuckleB Feb 2012 #10
bahrbearian Feb 2012 #14
HuckleB Feb 2012 #19
HuckleB Feb 2012 #11
Bigmack Feb 2012 #15
uppityperson Feb 2012 #23
eyewall Feb 2012 #8
Eugene Feb 2012 #9
NOI4I Feb 2012 #12
HuckleB Feb 2012 #13
AtheistCrusader Feb 2012 #16
HuckleB Feb 2012 #20
slutticus Feb 2012 #21
HuckleB Feb 2012 #24
Bigmack Feb 2012 #25
grasswire Feb 2012 #18

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 05:38 PM

1. Stevens pass on highway 2. I live about 50 miles from it, I drove past there this friday.

I snowboarded there three times this season. Fuck.

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Response to Muskypundit (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 11:05 AM

22. I have a good friend who skis up there..now I am worried about her.

If you happen to hear when they release the names...........

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 05:41 PM

2. Another article I was reading states that a van was somehow involved.

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Response to MissB (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 05:48 PM

3. Did you maybe misread

"the avalanche struck" ?

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 06:29 PM

6. Nope.

I figured it was just an oddity of the early reporting. The article on the local news site clearly said that a van was somehow involved. I'm sure there wasn't one involved but it sure did make me scratch my head.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 09:43 PM

17. the avalanche truck?

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 06:01 PM

4. here is another story

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/19/10450796-3-dead-up-to-8-missing-in-washington-avalanche


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Washington State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary said the snow came down at a road about 2 miles from the resort and about 10 miles from Skykomish.
The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center on Sunday issued a warning for high avalanche danger for areas above 5,000 feet. The elevation of the avalanche wasn't immediately clear.
Meanwhile, West also says a snowboarder has been killed in a separate incident at the Alpental ski area east of Seattle. The snowboarder went over a cliff Sunday.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 06:07 PM

5. Looks like they were in an "out-of-bounds area." The other eight have been located.

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Response to HuckleB (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 06:44 PM

7. The out of bounds was at Alpental, 1 Snowboarder

Stevens Pass is another pass all together. with 3 Skiers, sad that makes 4 , RIP

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Response to bahrbearian (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 07:58 PM

10. The article indicates the three at Stevens Pass were out of bounds.

Not just the other guy.

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Response to HuckleB (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 08:29 PM

14. Two seperate articles RIP

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Response to bahrbearian (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 11:04 PM

19. Nope.

Read the original article, not just the first line.

Sorry, but not cool.

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Response to HuckleB (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 08:00 PM

11. Confirmation: All four were in out-of-bounds areas.

"All four were in out-of-bounds areas of the resorts."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017551390_avalanche20m.html

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Response to HuckleB (Reply #11)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 08:39 PM

15. Avalanche Expert

YEARS ago, when I was at the University of Washington, one of my part time jobs was working for one of their avalanche experts. He had saved a TON of clippings about avalanche accidents, and he wanted me to read them and write up brief accounts for a ski patrol guide he was composing. In almost EVERY case of someone who was "lost" in an avalanche, it was because they were "out of bounds" - outside of designated ski areas. VERY SAD, but also largely preventable. Ms Bigmack

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Response to Bigmack (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 12:39 PM

23. RIP and damn. Got a bunch of snow recently. That's too bad. I've an odd avalanche control story.

Juneau AK, early 80's perhaps. There were shooting mortars at possible avalanche sites, trying to set them off on purpose after blocking the road from traffic. First shot didn't do anything. So they tried a couple more times before they realized no one saw any of them hit. Turns out the cannon thingie was aimed too high and went over the mt into Canada and wiped out some fishing camp that no one was at.

They we taught to aim not only by using the site but by looking through the device directly to rough it out first. Or some such.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 06:45 PM

8. What a sad day. They were just out to have some fun,

my heart goes out to them, and family and friends.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 07:22 PM

9. AP: All missing in Wash. avalanche accounted for

Source: Associated Press

All missing in Wash. avalanche accounted for

Updated 20m ago

SEATTLE (AP) All those who were missing after an avalanche Sunday near a popular ski resort in Washington state have been accounted for, and the total number of people killed remains at three, a resort official said.

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Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-19/dead-washington-avalanche/53156130/1

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 08:05 PM

12. Scary

I hope this is the end of it, w/o any more casualties.

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Response to NOI4I (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 08:14 PM

13. It all depends.

When it dumps in the Cascades, it dumps, making avalanches likely. If people chose to ski in areas where the avalanche likelihood is high, even when warned, bad things will happen at some point in time. Adrenaline sometimes kills.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 08:55 PM

16. That area just got HAAAAAAMMERED with snow.

Yesterday was nuts.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 11:06 PM

20. Yeah, but nothing unusual for the Cascades.

Truly experienced skiers should not have been going to "out of bounds" areas.

It's sad, but it should not have happened.

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Response to HuckleB (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 03:16 AM

21. It's easy to judge these guys...

...That was my first instinct. But I've done that too (walked right past an "avalanche warning proceed at your own risk" sign at whistler). You just don't think straight when you're having fun like that, especially with a large group of friends. You feel invincible for some reason.

What a way to go... RIP.

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Response to slutticus (Reply #21)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 07:59 PM

24. Those who know the dangers don't go past those signs.

Just because you've done the same thing does not change the fact that the Darwin Awards have four more nominees to sift through.

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Response to HuckleB (Reply #24)

Mon Feb 20, 2012, 08:06 PM

25. Thanks for your posts

VERY sad, but, alas, you're right. These sorts of things ARE preventable. Folks just should NOT go into "out of bounds" areas regardless of how "expert" they are. That IS where the tragic accidents occur. Ms Bigmack

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 09:46 PM

18. hmm...a cousin of mine works at that resort

Guess I'll see if he's checked in.

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