Deadly avalanche in Okanogan County claims life of skier


MAZAMA – One person in a party of skiers was killed in an avalanche near Mazama yesterday (Sun). Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said in a press release that the victim’s body is being recovered today, weather permitting.

Rogers said that around 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, Okanogan County Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched. The incident occurred out of Winthrop on the Goat Creek Road and Forest Service 52 Road, approximately 12 miles up from the Sno-Park, the sheriff said.

In the press release Rogers also said, the four skiers were caught in an avalanche and one of the skiers was killed. The other three skiers were able to locate him with his beacon but were not able to bring him down off the mountain.

Rescue workers attempted to get into the area yesterday [Sunday] but because of the dangerous conditions and extreme avalanche dangers, they were unable to get to the victim. Rogers says attempts today will be made to recover the victim with the use of a helicopter, weather permitting.