Snoqualmie Pass, Washington – On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 a solo skier was killed in an avalanche in Commonwealth Basin on the southwest side of Red Mountain in the Snoqualmie Pass area of Washington.
SeattleTimes.com reports that the skier was traveling alone at the time of the incident. He had shared his plans with friends and when he did not return from his ski tour, those friends alerted authorities around 2:45 pm.
The victim was found near avalanche debris around 9 PM by search and rescue. Since the victim was wearing boots and crampons with his skis on his backpack, it is assumed that he was ascending the slope when the avalanche occurred.
The victim was identified as Morgan Miller, 36. Miller was a “a local guide and avalanche educator.” RIP.
This is the 12th avalanche fatality in the US during the 2016/2017 winter season.
We will try to update this post when more information is available.