A tree well/ snow immersion suffocation accident can happen when a skier or snowboarder falls – usually headfirst – into a tree well or deep loose snow and becomes immobilized and trapped under the snow and suffocates. During times of elevated tree well and deep snow, hazard signs can be found in the ticket windows in the base area and at the bottom of all chairlifts. The chances of this type of accident occurring can be reduced by adhering to the following practices:
- Stay on groomed trails during times of deep snow.
- Ski or ride with a partner in sight and within earshot at all times.
- Ski or ride one at a time through treed terrain.
- If you become separated from your partner immediately contact ski patrol (360-663-3064) with your partners last seen point.
More information can be found at: www.deepsnowsafety.org