1 Dead, 5 Rescued From Snowed-In Ski Resort After Avalanche

One person was killed and five other ski resort employees were rescued by helicopter after they were trapped in a snow avalanche in Washington state.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the death in a Facebook post.

“Tonight, Snohomish County Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and various municipalities, including Seattle Fire Department, conducted a search to confirm if any people were inside the area,” the sheriff’s office said. “Due to weather conditions, Snohomish County Search and Rescue, local and state police, and other agencies were unable to send a rescue team to the area until this morning.”

Three of the survivors were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. One of the three was brought down in an ambulance and taken by helicopter.

The avalanche occurred at Glacier Peak ski resort in Stevens Pass, Washington.

A spokeswoman for the resort said in a statement that an employee had “died” and that at least two other people were seriously injured in the incident.

“The area has been closed to skiing and snowboarding indefinitely,” she added.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is now looking into the incident.

Avalanche danger was high at Glacier Peak and other area resorts.

Heavy rains have produced flash flooding, widespread flooding and mudslides across Washington.

More severe weather was expected across the state as an area of low pressure moved west into the Pacific Northwest and made landfall on Sunday, increasing the chances of strong winds, hail and a chance of storms.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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