by Christine Kim and Channel 2 News staff
Sunday, February 14, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- State troopers have released the name of the skier who was killed Saturday during an avalanche near Eagle River.
Troopers say William Brasher Schorr, 60, was cross-country skiing alone near the top of a ridge while a friend waited near the bottom. The slide happened about 1,500 feet above Mile 7.3 of Hiland Road, just after 4 p.m. Rescue crews say rapid changes in weather and winds are producing dangerous conditions for avalanches.
"We're dealing with an instability that's long-lasting, that's been in the snow pack pretty much since the beginning of the year," said avalanche specialist Kip Melling. "And now that we've got the additional load combined with the recent wind event, all the ingredients are there -- it's just looking for a trigger."
As emergency lights flickered along Hiland Road, rescue personnel were scanning the mountains Saturday.