3 dead in Wash. avalanche were expert skiers

MANUEL VALDES Associated Press Published:

STEVENS PASS, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say three men killed in an avalanche in Washington state were all expert skiers.

King County Sheriff's Sgt. Katie Larson says the men were among three groups of people skiing out-of-bounds at the Stevens Pass ski area who were caught up in the avalanche Sunday. The others managed to dig them out and performed CPR, to no avail.

All of skiers were well-equipped and experienced. None of the others was seriously injured.

Larson says the victims were believed to be in their 30s and 40s.