Washington Avalanches Claim Four

Dead include ski-industry insiders


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A pair of avalanches left four men dead in Washington State over the weekend, including a pair of skiers well-know in the ski industry. On Saturday, a large slide hit a group of 12 in a backcountry area near Stevens Pass resort, 60 miles north of Seattle. Stevens Pass marketing director Chris Rudolph and World Extreme Skiing judge Jim Jack were both buried and killed. Editors from Powder Magazine and ESPN Freeskiing were skiing with the men when the slide broke but escaped unharmed. Professional skier Elyse Saugstad was also caught but deployed an avalanche airbag and survived. In a separate avalanche, 41-year-old snowboarder Karl Milanoski died near Alpental on Saturday. Avalanches have claimed 17 lives in the United States this season.

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