Second skier dies in Silver Mountain avalanche

UPDATE – A second skier pulled from the snow in Tuesday’s Silver Mountain avalanche has died, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

Earlier, the resort confirmed one person was killed and five others rescued from the three avalanches that hit Wardner Peak. Those rescued suffered minor injuries.

Later Tuesday evening, the resort confirmed another person was pulled from the snow and taken to Shoshone Medical Center.

In a post to Facebook, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office said two skiers passed away and that all skiers on the mountain were accounted for.

SHOSHONE CO., Idaho — One person was killed and five people rescued from an avalanche at Silver Mountain on Tuesday afternoon. Those rescued suffered minor injuries.

The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office reported there were possibly up to three separate avalanches that hit Wardner Peak, which is within the ski area. According to Silver Mountain’s website, that area of the mountain was closed prior to the avalanche.

An employee at the mountain said crews were doing avalanche control blasting earlier near Wardner Peark earlier in the morning. Avalanche advisories were issued across the North Idaho mountains, but not for ski mountains, on Tuesday morning.

Silver Mountain confirms there was an avalanche in the Wardner Peak area of the ski resort at approximately 11 a.m. this…

Posted by Silver Mountain on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The gondola continues to run, but stopped taking skiers and snowboarders up the mountain around 1:30 p.m.

Silver Mountain Ski Patrol is working with Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, and Volunteer Search and Rescue crews to look for more people.