Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says a backcountry skier was killed in an avalanche Saturday afternoon while skiing on the southwest face of Mount Cashmere above Trout Creek.
28-year-old Daniel Zimmermann of Leavenworth, Washington suffered fatal injuries when he was swept about 800 feet down a coulee and through a grouping of small trees, said the sheriff's office.
The Chelan County Sheriff's Office says people skiing with Zimmermann had to ski and snowmobile away from the area of the avalanche to make a 911 call Saturday afternoon.
A search and rescue mission was launched immediately and a Medstar helicopter was sent to the area.
According to a press release, by the time rescuers made it to an area north of the avalanche it was determined Zimmermann had not survived his severe injuries.
Other members of Zimmerman's skiing party stayed at the scene of the avalanche and attempted to save their friend, but were unsuccessful. No one else was caught in the avalanche or injured.