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Two men killed in Stevens Pass avalanche had South Sound roots

Two of the men who died in a backcountry avalanche Sunday at Stevens Pass had roots in the South Sound.

Chris Rudolph, 30, was a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and Jim Jack, 46, was a product of Lakewood’s Lakes High.

Both learned to ski as children, were experienced in the backcountry and understood well the risk of their sport. John Brenan, 41, was a Peshastin resident who moved to Washington from Colorado.

Rudolph grew up near Lake Tahoe and moved to Northwest to attend UPS. Shortly after graduating he was hired at Stevens Pass in 2005.

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Three killed in backcountry avalanche on Stevens Pass, snowboarder killed at Alpental

Three people were killed by an avalanche while skiing out of bounds near the Stevens Pass Ski Area today. According to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center the risk of avalanche today was  ”high,” it’s second highest risk classification.

From the Associated Press:

All those who were missing after an avalanche Sunday near a popular ski resort in Washington state have been accounted for, and the total number of people killed remains at three, a resort official said.

John Gifford, general manager at the Stevens Pass ski area, says he’s unsure how many people were caught up in the slide,

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