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PostFri Feb 15, 2002 3:23 pm 
OK, time to change the subject to a real history question. Today Helmy and I did a 5273 peak that rises just above what used to be the Yodelin Ski Area, just east of Stevens Pass. A deadly avalanche wiped out a part of the operation and some houses in the area, sounding its death knell. Today this climb is a very nice half day winter workout from a huge, friendly, no-fee parking lot on east bound HW2 a couple miles down from the Pass. As you climb up the old cat track roads, the old open ski slopes give great views. There is still a concrete ski lift footing just before you hit the ridge. The Back Court peak list http://howbert.netherweb.com/mountains/back_court/back_court_list.html seems to call this Welldiggers Ass, but Yodelin Mountain might work too. Question: Anybody ever ski this area before it died? Whats the story here? Anybody got an old ski area map they can scan in?

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PostFri Feb 15, 2002 3:42 pm 
I never skied Yodelin. I skied Pilchuck once, but I guess that's not the same. Anyway, the slide that wiped out the Yodelin ski area was in 1971. It killed 4 people. Not much information here beyond what FredB already gave, but these sites are dedicated to lost ski areas in WA: http://www.hyak.net/lost/lostski.html http://www.geocities.com/lostskiareas/lostski.html

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PostFri Feb 15, 2002 3:51 pm 
Fred B: I skied Yodelin a few times between 65'-68'. To be quite honest with you, I don't recall all that much about the runs. Like Stevens, it was definitely better than Snoqualmie and Hyak/Ski Acres. I can't remember if they had T-Bars & palmas there - they did at Snocrummy back in the 60's. I had forgotten all about Yodelin.... Cliff

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PostFri Feb 15, 2002 6:37 pm 
Found this poking around Google: Between 1900 and 1995, over 180 people have been killed by avalanches in Washington state. This total far exceeds deaths from any other natural cause. History of Severe Avalanches in Washington State 1910 Wellington, Stevens Pass, 96 dead 1939 Mt. Baker, 6 dead 1953 Source Lake, 1 dead 1958 Silver Creek, 4 buried 1962 Granite Mountain, 2 dead 1962 Stevens Pass, 2 buried 1966 Mt. Baker, 1 dead 1966 Snoqualmie Pass, 1 buried [[1971 Yodelin, 4 dead, several buried]] 1971 Snoqualmie Pass Highway, 1 dead 1974 Source Lake, 2 dead 1975 Mt. St. Helens, 5 dead 1981 Mt. Rainier, 11 dead, 18 injured 1988 Mt. Rainier, 3 dead 1992 Mt. Rainier, 2 dead 1993 Snoqualmie Pass, 5 injured 1994 Mission Ridge, 1 dead 1994 Stevens Pass, 11 injured 1995 McClellan Butte, 1 injured 1996 Snoqualmie Pass, 2 buried 1996 Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass, 2 dead 1996 Mt Index, 2 dead

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PostFri Feb 15, 2002 7:23 pm 
The story of how Yodelin was named is not well chronicalled in the journals of academics. However, using some creative research I was able to extract the story from two extremely frightened sasquatches near Lake Val Haul-a. It seems that some internet entrepreneurs had consorted to nab some computers from a business that used to operate in the back of the 59er Diner. They absconded with the Dell machines and were driving up to the pass, when suddenly, out of nowhere, and without warning (as suddenly usually is), there appeared a certain Boston cab driver who looked suspiciously like Sylvester Stillstoned. He managed to stop our antiheros right there near Yodelin, and in no uncertain terms told the young ruffians "Hey punks. Put yo' Dell in..." Well, this is a family oriented website, so I can't continue what the cabbie said, but you probably know what the hole he stated. Ever since then, the place has been known to local yetis as "Yodelin". They chuckle and laugh over this while roasting chess nuts over an open fire, which will be our next installment: How The Geeks got Rooked By Two Queens.

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PostSat Feb 16, 2002 9:25 am 
Back to real life: Avalanches in the Cascades by Mary Ann Gwinn Seattle Times book editor Western Washington, with its combination of heavy snow, mountains and slide-triggering winds, is avalanche country. Here are some of the deadlier avalanches in our state's history: The worst avalanche in U.S. history occurred on Stevens Pass near the town of Wellington in 1910. After days of being stalled on the tracks by avalanches and heavy snowfall, two Great Northern trains were swept off the tracks by a giant avalanche, killing 96 men, women and children. Only 22 passengers survived. In January 1971, an avalanche struck two cabins in the Yodelin development on Stevens Pass. Killed were K. Barton Edgers Jr., a Seattle stockbroker, and his wife, Nancy. Two children from other families, Kenneth Earl Lewis, 10, and Peggy Dean, 12, were also killed. In April 1975, five University of Puget Sound students were killed when a group of 29 UPS students in a mountain-climbing class, camped out at the 6,000-foot level of Mount St. Helens, was struck by an avalanche.

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PostSat Feb 16, 2002 11:57 am 
The only Yodelin I knew of was the constant "yodelin music" blarring over the loudspeakers, at the then two chair Schwietzer Basin in the '60's. But for 4 bucks, who could complain. dizzy.gif Cool credentials Ibex.

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PostSun Feb 17, 2002 9:04 am 
Great historical nuggets, Jerry! And thanks for the input, Brian and Cliff.

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PostSun Feb 17, 2002 3:49 pm 
Yes. Do tell. lol.gif

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PostSun Feb 17, 2002 9:18 pm 
Pappy, there you go baiting again. You must be a fisherman. As you know, Helmy is the brother of Brown, Green, and Red Fred (see Mox Peaks, Crooked Thumb, or The Needles), but is only a handle as used above.

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PostMon Feb 18, 2002 5:56 pm 
Sorry Fred B, but I'm a lousy fisherman. Glad to hear you and your bro are still going strong. smile.gif

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PostMon Feb 25, 2002 11:26 am 
I was in college when the slide occured and a group of us were going to ski there that day. They were giving away free wax with Yodlin imprinted on it. We then heard Stevens Pass was closed and went to Snoq. instead, where it had snowed about six feet the night before and was topped off with a couple of inches of rain. We did not get back untin 2 in the morning because of slides at the pass and had a generally lousey time but considerd ourselves bessed none the less. eek.gif

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PostMon Sep 15, 2003 8:26 pm 
Yodelin avalanche deaths
RE: Yodelin avalanche deaths Stretching my memory as a Stevens Pass volunteer Ski Patroller from 1971 or so. Trying the best I can... Some of my buddies pulled out the buried, deceased bodies. One had also purchased land there but had not built, fortunately. The newspaper accounts were not entirely accurate. Some of the old-timers still alive in 1971 clearly remember the area being swept by slides in the 1940's and 1950's. They tried to verbally warn others. Believe the State knew of the situation but resources/communication/will may have been lacking to take action, which would have been difficult w/ the legal climate at that time. Following the deadly incident, believe there was an out-of-court settlement. Then the Yodelin ski area went out of business at a later time. The chairlift[s] were purchased by other interests and were removed.

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PostTue Sep 16, 2003 7:54 am 
The chronicle of avalanche mass-fatalities did not include 50-60 shovelers killed in an avalanche near Stevens Pass on Jan 12, 1913. Most of those killed were recent immigrants from Japan, Italy, and Austria so the documentation of the numbers is less than accurate. The author JoAnn Roe writes of their deaths in her book "Stevens Pass."

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PostTue Jan 10, 2023 5:44 am 
Interesting area and history.

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