MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Authorities warn that the possibility of further avalanches is increasing a day after a skier died on Mount Washington.

A spokesman for the White Mountain National Forest says a man skiing alone in an area called Raymond Cataract was buried under about 5 feet of snow for about an hour Thursday afternoon before rescuers dug him out. The man was pronounced dead several hours later.

The Mount Washington Avalanche Center’s forecast for Friday says human-triggered avalanches remain possible as slabs of snow formed by wind warm up and weaken. It warned skiers that if they find themselves sinking into mushy, wet snow, it’s time to get off the slope.

At 6,288 feet (1,916 meters) tall, Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeast and is notorious for its bad weather.

Comments
  1. Ian Charles says:

    This is highly inaccurate. He was skiing on Mt. Washington in Raymond’s Cataract (in between tuckerman and huntington ravines) not in tuckerman ravine.

    The avalanches are on the eastern side of the mountain, not the western side. Call the avalanche center or an expert if you’re gonna write this report but literally know nothing about the mountain, avalanches, or the incident.

    inaccuracies aside:

    The avalanche forecast predicted this risk in the AM, everyone who read it knew that it was a risky day for certain areas. The Victim was skiing alone in a known danger area for that day, and was breathing when he was recovered 1:30-2hrs after burial but then fell into cardiac arrest. Had he been skiing with a partner or a group there is no question he would have been un-buried at least an hour sooner.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s