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February 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Three dead in avalanche at Stevens Pass; another dead in avalanche near Alpental

Three people are dead in an avalanche just outside the Stevens Pass ski resort, and a snowboarder was killed in another avalanche in an out-of-bounds area in the Alpental Valley at Snoqualmie Pass, authorities said.

Earlier Sunday, the King County Sheriff’s Office said two were dead and as many as eight were missing in the Stevems Pass avalanche, but later changed the death toll from two to three. KING-TV reported that the individuals who had been unaccounted for in that avalanche have since been accounted for.

The three deaths occurred in an out-of-bounds area near the Stevens Pass ski resort, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West.

At Alpental, the snowboarder was with a friend underneath a cliff when they became buried in snow shortly before noon, authorities say. The snowboarder’s friend got out and called for help, but rescue workers were unable to find him until an hour and a half later.

By the time they reached him, the snowboarder was unconscious and could not be revived.

Initial reports said the snowboarder went over a cliff at Alpental, but authorities later pointed to the avalanche.

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