Outdoors

Body of long-missing skier found in Crystal Mountain tree well

SKIING — The ski patrol director at Washington's Crystal Mountain ski area says the body of an expert skier who vanished three months ago has been found in a tree well, according to the Associated Press.

Paul Baughner tells The News Tribune that an employee cut through some trees Wednesday and found the remains of 40-year-old Paul Melby of Lakewood, Wash. He was reported missing March 1.

He was found about 100 yards from a ski run at the 5,600-foot level.

The area was previously searched, but snow has melted since then.

Skiers can fall into an air pocket formed around the base of a tree in deep snow and then be unable to free themselves, quickly losing consciousness.




Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
Rich Landers

Rich Landers’ Outdoors blog


Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

By Rich Landers richl@spokesman.com (509) 459-5508


Follow online:


Recent posts


Close

Sections


Profile

Close

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801