March 07, 2011
back country skier Daniel Zimmermann, 28, was killed in an avalanche Saturday while skiing the southwest face of
Mt Cashmere above Trout Creek. Zimmermann was with a group of people when the snow above him fractured and an
avalanche swept him about 800 feet down a coulee into a group of trees.
Those skiing with
Zimmermann had to ski and snowmobile away from the accident to call 911. Sheriff Brian Burnett said a search and
rescue mission was immediately launched and a Medstar helicopter was sent to the area.
time rescuers made it back to the site, it was determined Zimmermann had not survived his severe injuries. Other
members of Zimmermann’s group had stayed at the scene in an attempt to save him. No one else was caught in
the avalanche or injured.
Due to the high avalanche danger in the area and approaching
darkness on Saturday evening, it was decided Zimmermann’s body would be recovered on Sunday morning by a
team of experienced mountain rescue personnel and other experienced volunteers.
light vigil was held up Icicle Road Saturday night, and an informal memorial gathering was held Sunday among
Daniel Zimmerman grew up in Leavenworth and worked as an
electrician. He was described as a passionate, experienced skier, and “a most special person to his friends
and family,” by close friend Chris Rudolph.
KOHO Radio will have more on
remembrances of the life of Daniel Zimmermann in the coming days.