Avalanche apparently buried Washington skier

February 4, 2011 1:13:27 AM PST
A missing back-country skier was apparently killed by an avalanche in Washington state's Red Mountain area about 50 miles east of Seattle. King County sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart told KING-TV on Thursday that searchers believe she took off her skis and backpack and walked onto an overhanging edge of snow to get a better view, only to have it break away. He says the operation is now a recovery mission.

The search was suspended Thursday because of avalanche risk in the Cascade Mountains.

KING reports that the 41-year-old woman went skiing alone Tuesday. Her skis and backpack have been found. Her car was left in a ski parking area near Interstate 90.

Urquhart says the recovery effort is unlikely to resume before the weekend.

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