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Skier passes away after tumbling down a really steep slope on Mount Washington

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A skier passed away after she fell nearly 600 feet down an icy slope on Mount Washington in New Hampshire during the weekend, according to officials.

The woman and two others were skiing in the backcountry on Saturday, as stated by US Forest Service representative Colleen Mainville.

Madison Saltsburg, a 20-year-old skier, lost her life due to severe injuries sustained after falling down Tuckerman Ravine, Mainville reported. The other two skiers suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Mainville mentioned that the trio encountered challenging conditions, including hard and icy snow surfaces, open crevasse holes, and slippery conditions.

The US Forest Service and Mount Washington Avalanche Center (MWAC) collaborated on a rescue effort to bring Saltsburg off the mountain.

Jeff Fongemie, the director of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center, explained that the day was unusually busy with a heightened sense of urgency. He noted that weather conditions had contributed to the challenging environment.

The Forest Service advises caution when traversing the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, emphasizing its snowy and icy conditions in winter, along with highly exposed steep cliffs. They underscore the importance of treating it more like a mountaineering ascent than a regular hike due to potential dire consequences from falls or avalanches.

The Appalachian Mountain Club, which operates huts on Mount Washington, refers to Tuckerman Ravine as “the birthplace of extreme skiing in the US.”

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