Skier dies in White Pass tree well

  • Mon Apr 2nd, 2012 8:07am
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Associated Press

YAKIMA — A skier who died at White Pass was a woman in her 20s who worked at the ski area this season.

Ski area general manager Kevin McCarthy says Kyona Hoff fell headfirst into a tree well where snow piles up around a tree and apparently suffocated.

She was the last person in a group on a run Saturday. Her friends became concerned when she didn’t come down. Searchers found the body Saturday afternoon.

McCarthy told the Yakima Herald-Republic that after working at the ski area she had planned to go back to college later this year.

He called her death a fluke from an unfortunate set of circumstances.