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Avalanche Kills Skier In New Hampshire, Officials Say

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Rescuers found a missing skier who died in an avalanche, officials said Thursday.

New Hampshire Fish & Game’s Advanced Search & Rescue Team, U.S. Forest Service officials and Mountain and Rescue Services volunteers found the body on Wednesday at around 6 p.m. after beginning the search early afternoon, according to a Facebook post from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division and Operation Game Thief.

Friends reported the skier missing after he didn’t return home and or return calls on Tuesday night, according to the Facebook post.

“Initial reports indicated that the skier had planned to ski either Ammonoosuc Ravine drainage or Monroe Brook drainage on Monday,” the Facebook post said. 

“After the missing person’s report was initiated, a search of multiple trailhead parking lots Tuesday night was conducted in an attempt to locate the skier’s vehicle to confirm he was still in the backcountry,” the Facebook post said. Rescuers found the vehicle the following morning.

At around 4:30 p.m. the search team found an “avalanche beacon signal,” according to the post. Officials and volunteers dug through 13 feet of snow and rubble to recover the body.

“Backcountry skiing is a risky venture that should only be attempted by the most prepared and experienced skiers,” the Facebook post said. “This skier did have years of experience and was prepared, which was evident by his use of an avalanche transceiver, but skiing in avalanche conditions is never recommended and can be extremely dangerous.”

“Without the transceiver, it is possible the skier’s body most likely would not have been located until the snow completely melted in the spring,” the Facebook post said.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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