March 07, 2011
Leavenworth 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.
By the 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.
A candle light vigil was held up Icicle Road Saturday night, and an informal memorial gathering was held Sunday among Zimmermann’s friends.
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.