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February 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Snowboarder killed in Alpental avalanche was devoted father

Karl Milanoski, an avid outdoorsman, was killed Sunday in an avalanche bordering Alpental. Relatives said he was devoted to his daughter. (Photo courtesy John Milanoski)

The snowboarder killed yesterday in an avalanche at Alpental — one of two fatal avalanches to strike near ski areas Sunday — was an expert rider who was devoted to his daughter, relatives said.

Karl Milanoski, a 41-year-old Seattle man, was swept off a cliff by an avalanche near Alpental, one of four resorts at The Summit at Snoqualmie. The Seattle Times reported Sunday that Milanoski, who was skiing in an out-of-bounds area, inadvertently set off the avalanche, which swept him over a cliff and 500 feet down the mountain.

His brother John Anderson, of Seattle, said Milanoski was a longtime snowboarder.

“Karl was a veteran rider. He knows that mountain like the back of his hand. The conditions caused an unfortunate accident,” he said. “He’s not the kind of guy that’s gonna go crazy out there and take a bunch of risks, but he was an experienced rider and he liked to have fun.”

Milanoski’s mother, Mari Anderson, of Titusville, Florida, said her son always had an annual pass to snowboard and wouldn’t take undue risks on the mountain because of how much he cared for his 11-year-old daughter, Amirah.

Milanoski was a love of all things outdoors, who enjoyed mountain biking and fishing in addition to snowboarding.

In his day-to-day life, he was a jack-of-all trades who often did finish work as a carpenter, said brother John Milanoski of Lake Stevens. He scheduled his work around caring for his daughter.

“She was the highlight of his existence,” he said.

The family is still trying to absorb the news.

“He was my half-brother, but the half part didn’t even really count,” Anderson said. “We were more than brothers; we were best friends.

“It’s just a really big loss for a lot of people right now.”

For those wishing to donate, John Milanoski has set up a memorial fund to offset expenses and benefit Karl Milanoski’s daughter. Access the site here.

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