One snowmachiner is dead after a group of riders were caught in an avalanche at Blackstone Glacier near Whittier, according to authorities.
Chad Christman, 41, of Anchorage was pronounced dead Wednesday evening after an Alaska Air National Guard rescue crew dug him out of the avalanche, according to Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. Troopers were first notified of the avalanche at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.
"Two people reported that they witnessed their friend [Christman] get covered by an avalanche while they were on snowmachines in the area," troopers wrote in a dispatch Thursday morning. "When the avalanche stopped, Christman was only partially buried. The two men and other people in the area were able to dig Christman out."