Campton man ID’d as skier in avalanche death

Published: 4/13/2019 11:47:39 AM

Authorities have identified a skier who died in an avalanche on Mount Washington.

A spokesman for the White Mountain National Forest says 32-year-old Nicholas Benedix of Campton was buried under about 4 to 5 feet of snow in Raymond Cataract for about an hour Thursday afternoon before rescuers dug him out. The Mount Washington Avalanche Center said he was still breathing when he was removed, but his heart stopped beating shortly after.

Benedix was skiing alone.

The spokesman said the avalanche was approximately 135 feet wide at the crown.

Thursday’s avalanche was one of at least four human-triggered avalanches on the mountain that day as slabs of snow formed by wind warmed up and weakened.

Avalanches have killed at least 10 people in Tuckerman Ravine since the 1960s, according to Time For Tuckerman, a guide for skiing the mountain and its renowned ravine.

At 6,288 feet tall, Mount Washington is the Northeast’s highest peak and is notorious for its bad weather.

(The Concord Monitor contributed to this report.)


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