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Date: 2003-12-12
Submitted By: NWAC
Place: Near Artists Point near the Mt Baker ski area
State: WA
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 3 snowshoers caught and buried, 1 killed, 2 survived 24 +hour burial

date: avalanche on 12/12, recoveries 12/13.

place: near Artists Point near the Mt Baker ski area

3 buried, 1 fatality

state: WA

activity: snow shoers

The following information is via Mt Baker ski area personnel. A party

of 3 snow shoers (1 man, 2 women) departed for Artist's Point on

Friday morning 12 December. Near the last switch back at about 4700

feet they were all buried by a natural or triggered soft slab

avalanche,

northwest aspect, fracture estimated at 10-18 inches. By Saturday

morning the man was able make a hole in the snow with his hand and

began yelling for help. A passing party of skiers heard him, dug him

out, and returned him to the ski area. A rescue party returned to the

site and probers found the first woman, who had perished. A prober

then accidently stepped into the air pocket of the second woman who

was alive. The man and the woman each survived about 24 hours or more

of burial.