The Mt. Washington Avalanche Center is reporting that a solo skier passed away in the Raymond's Cataract area after triggering a windslab above a terrain trap. He was buried roughly a meter deep for 90 minutes to two hours before being found. While he was apparently breathing after being dug out, he entered cardiac arrest while waiting to be evacuated and passed away shortly thereafter.
Raymond's Cataract on Mt. Washington, located between Tuckerman's and Huntington Ravines. Google Maps photo.
East Coast backcountry-skiing account @ski_the_whites posted some photos of the area after the slide:
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Tragic day on Mount Washington. There was a fatal avalanche in Raymond’s Cataract, a usually quiet zone that has been getting a fair amount of skier traffic in the last few weeks. Many of us get away with close calls at some point and it’s reminders like this of the added risk of skiing alone. Condolences to the friends and family, visit @mwacenter for more details.
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