A Mount Hood ski patroller working in a closed area of the resort was buried and seriously injured in an avalanche Wednesday afternoon, reports OregonLive.com.
The pro patroller was partially buried while performing avalanche control work with three other workers in an area of the mountain known as God’s Wall.
The patroller was able to deploy his avalanche airbag but still had a period of unconsciousness during the slide.
According to a resort spokesman, the patrollers were boot packing in a closed area of the resort in order to stabilize the snowpack ready for opening when conditions improved.
The avalanche level at the time of the side was “considerable” below the treeline.