Woman Dies in 'Horrific' Avalanche
Search called off for second missing Wash. state hiker
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2013 4:24 PM CDT
Updated Apr 14, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
Evidence of sliding snow is seen in steep terrain near a ski area at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – A woman has died hours after being dug out of an avalanche in Washington state yesterday, the Seattle Times reports. The woman was pulled alive from beneath five feet of snow by fellow hikers on a mountain near Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains. Rescuers hiked two-and-a-half hours in blizzard-like conditions to find her, but it took another six hours to pull her off the mountain, and she was pronounced dead at the base, the Washington Post reports.

The "horrific" conditions forced rescuers to indefinitely suspend the search for another hiker, missing yesterday after a separate avalanche in the same area. The 60-year-old man and two fellow snowshoers, both in their thirties, were flung over 1,200 feet down a mountain. The two younger men made it out injured but alive, but a team of about 50 rescuers could not locate their companion.

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Apr 14, 2013 10:19 PM CDT
She couldn't check the weather forecast? I can check mine on my phone.
Apr 14, 2013 9:19 PM CDT
A lot of lives would be saved if avalanche beacons were cheaper. They shouldn't cost much more than a 2-way radio, or about $20 to $30. Instead they're 10 times that. Probably just because the market is smaller. If they were cheap every snow hiker could routinely have one. Maybe a 2-way that doubles as a beacon.
Apr 14, 2013 9:02 PM CDT
I've lived within 45 minutes of that very popular mountain for most of my life so I understand the passion for skiing and other snow sports (although I do like them myself). What I DON'T understand is the reckless disregard for conditions that goes into setting out on a snowy mountain in the SPRING when the snow pack is MELTING and conditions are incredibly DANGEROUS.