EASTON, Wash. – An avalanche has killed a 32-year-old Seattle-area man who was snowmobiling with four friends in the Central Cascades.
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office says Joseph Simenstad, from Issaquah, died Sunday afternoon in an avalanche that also buried his wife and others.
Five snowmobilers from Western Washington were eating lunch at the base of a slope in an area near Stampede Pass, about 60 miles southeast of Seattle, when the slope above them broke away.
The avalanche fully buried three of them, and partially covered the other two.
The sheriff’s office says Simenstad suffered extensive injuries and couldn’t be revived. His wife suffered minor injuries. Another man was unconscious when he was dug out but was revived.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox
Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.