SIX skiers were pulled out of an avalanche on Crystal Mountain on Saturday morning.
One of the skiers did not survive, all six wearing emergency beacons.
According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the avalanche occurred at the Silver Basin in a rural ski area.
The dead skier was a 60-year-old man whose identity has not been released.
It is not clear if other skiers were injured.
Winds of up to 100mph were reported by Crystal Mountain Resort at the summit on Saturday morning.
Mount Rainier Gondola is inactive due to high winds.
Only the beginner and intermediate mountain lifts are open on Saturdays, with the lower mountain lifts undergoing maintenance.
Since the avalanche hit the countryside, the resort is still operating normally.
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Cascades through Sunday. Heavy snow has been brought to the mountains this week following a storm.
Snow is likely to continue in areas above 2,000 feet into Saturday night, and 12-15 inches of snow accumulation is possible Sunday.
More to follow…
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