By The Chronicle and The Associated Press
Officials have identified a Bellingham man as the victim in a fatal avalanche near White Pass Ski Area south of Mount Rainier.
Adam Roberts, 31, was skiing out of bounds with a friend Tuesday evening when he triggered an avalanche, according to the Bellingham Herald.
White Pass Ski Area spokeswoman Kathleen Goyette confirmed his death Wednesday, saying people at the ski area had known him since he was young and that he was an experienced outdoors enthusiast.
Roberts was originally from Randle.
Goyette said she didn’t know details of the rescue attempt, but said members of the ski patrol found Roberts in five to six feet of snow.
A Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputy declined to provide details of the incident until after an autopsy and coroner’s report was complete.
The Sheriff’s Office responded at 6:09 p.m. Tuesday to White Pass after being notified by White Pass Ski Patrol of a death.
Ski Patrol found the man dead in the area of the reported avalanche.
The incident is under investigation.
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