Moment of pause held on Silver Mountain, one year after deadly avalanche

Silver Mountain sign.

KELLOGG, Idaho — It has been one year since an avalanche at Silver Mountain claimed the lives of three skiers.

To honor those lost in the tragedy, the Friends of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center stopped all chairlifts on Thursday for a moment of pause.

Lifts were halted at 11:04 a.m, the same time the avalanche was triggered and took the lives of Carl Humphreys, Scott Parsons and Molly Hubbard. One minute later, a memorial bell placed on the Wardner Traverse rung in remembrance of those lives lost, and in support for the survivors and the first responders who assisted in the rescues.

Organizers also encouraged anyone on the mountain to take part, by clicking ski poles, ringing a bell and just shouting out.

“Avalanches don’t care where the boundaries lie. Ski and ride safe, stay aware. Let’s commit to mold some of this heavy sorrow into action: to spread awareness, safety, and most of all fun,” a post from the organizers said.

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