Skier dies in White Pass tree well
Monday, April 2, 2012
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- An experienced skier who worked at the White Pass Ski Area this season died Saturday in an accident.
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. Her friends became concerned when she didn't come down. Searchers found the body Saturday afternoon.
McCarthy told Yakima Herald-Republic (http://is.gd/uPausH) that after working at the ski area Hoff, who was in her early 20s, had planned to go back to college later this year.
He called her death a fluke from an unfortunate set of circumstances.
Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com