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Backcountry Skier Severely Injured in Mount Washington Avalanche

By Tom Richardson

On Sunday, Dec. 5, two skiers were caught in an avalanche in Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington. One skier was severely injured when he was carried 450 vertical feet and was found amid boulders. The other skier was apparently unharmed.

According to the Mount Washington Avalanche Center, the incident occurred on Sunday afternoon. Both skiers had climbed the slopes of the ravine, which had received several inches of snowfall over the last week. The lead skier was making his descent when he triggered a small, initial avalanche, which soon sparked a second avalanche that swept the second man downhill and into the rocks.

The injured skier was rescued by rangers and taken to a local hospital in the late afternoon.