Snowslide damages Snoqualmie ski resort

Snowslide damages Snoqualmie ski resort »Play Video
Photo courtesy: WSDOT
HYAK, Wash. -- A 300-foot wide avalanche has caused significant damage to both the Snoqualmie Ski resort and some homes nearby.

The slide occurred around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday at the 140 East Base area of the Snoqualmie Pass Ski area, the Washington State Patrol reports. The debris field struck eight homes at Chamonix Place near Hyak. One home suffered major damage, and two people inside had to be treated for minor injuries.

Norm Cravens was sitting inside his home when the slide came charging at him.

"I'm in my 80's and I tell ya, I've seen weather like this before. Never seen a slide like this at Hyak before, but I've seen weather like this before," he said.

Cravens was not hurt and because I-90 was closed, the State Patrol was to escort him down the mountain.

Chris Caviezel, the chairman of Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue, who lives in one of the homes in the area, says on his Facebook page that his neighbor's home was one that was badly damaged. The home was knocked some 50-100 feet off its base, suffering an estimated $500,000 in damage. Another home had minor damage.

All the homes were evacuated as well as two multi family housing buildings, Suncrest and Sundance Condominiums, according to Matt Cowan, the fire chief with Snoqualmie Fire and Rescue. These Condominiums are located at the base of the ski area. He says a secondary search was completed to assess whether or not there may have been additional victims and none were found. Crews also secured a ski lift tower, which was knocked over, and had live electrical wires exposed.

The WSP reports there is also major damage to the ski run as well, but no specifics were given. SR-906 is also washed out in the area.

Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana says some are weekend homes of skiers and backcountry enthusiasts. The state Department of Transportation also has evacuated its highway workers from the Snoqualmie Pass area as a safety precaution.

Spokeswoman Meagan McFadden says the area remains unstable amid heavy rainfall, and workers will not be allowed back into the area until it's safe.

Hyak Slide Photos from WSDOT:

Slide Photos From Chris Caviezel:

Hyak Slide Photos from Flickr User "Misha Misha Misha"