Avalanches 3 dead, including 2 teens, in the state of Washington



Avalanche kills two snowshoeing teens in Washington

Rescuers found the boys dead on the Snow Lake Trail in Washington.

The bodies of two boys were found in a backcountry area in the state of Washington on Monday, after an avalanche struck the area over the weekend, a day after a man was killed in a separate slide.

The King County Sheriff’s Office said searchers found the boys, aged 17 and 18 years old, just before noon on Monday, after the two lost while snowshoeing near the Alpental ski area in Snoqualmie Pass, located 50 miles east of Seattle.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family,” King County Search and Rescue Alan Labissoniere told Q13 FOX.

Labissoniere said the couple “knew” and were wearing avalanche beacons when they make the trip on Sunday. Rescues were able to find the teens about a mile and a half in the Snow Lake Trail buried in the snow because they were wearing avalanche beacons.

One of the teens was also an experienced snowshoer, according Labissoniere.

Two teenagers have died in an avalanche, near the Alpental ski area in Snoqualmie Pass, Washington.

(Q13 FOX)

The parents of the teenagers, who have not publicly called 911 on Sunday night when the two friends not to return home and made the trek to the area on Monday as rescuers searched for the couple.

“These were some of the young people. I even had a hard time even dealing with the family there,” he said.


Another round of snow in the weekend, presented avalanche danger prevented rescue teams to look for the teens until Monday.

“It is too extreme,” Labissoniere said. “We, the members of our team back the last night for our security, it’s not worth it to risk more lives.”

AVALANCHE WARNING in effect for all zones, with the exception of the Olympic games. Make sure your friends know! Detailed forecast:

NW Avalanche Center (@nwacus) 25 February 2018

The Northwest Avalanche Center said the avalanche danger was “high” in the weekend, according to KIRO, and there was an ominous warning with the text: “Many of these can be large enough to kill you.”

In a separate incident, a 32-year-old man was killed in an avalanche on Stampede Pass, about 13 miles away on Sunday, according to the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue.

A 32-year-old man snowmobing was a friend of mine was killed in an avalanche on Sunday for the Title of Mirror Lake near Stevens Pass in Washington.

(Kittitas County Sheriff)


The agency said Joseph Simenstad was killed while snowmobiling with his wife and some friends in the neighborhood of Mirror Lake when the slope above them broke free when they stopped for a break to have lunch.

A man in the group lost consciousness after being hit by the slide but was able to be revived. Simenstad’s wife also suffered light injuries but survived, according to the professionals.

“We want to remind those who recreate in the backcountry to be careful of the past and the current circumstances, as they can change quickly and without warning,” Kittitas County Undersheriff Clayton Myers said in a statement. “Avalanche conditions are often the result of previous, sometimes weeks. We encourage you to research and educate yourself of the many sources available. Just Google ‘Avalanche Danger’.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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