Skier, 20, Dies After Falling 600 Feet into Ravine amid Icy Conditions on Mount Washington

Two other people were rescued after sustaining injuries, authorities said

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Mount Washington
  • Madison Saltsburg “suffered fatal traumatic injuries” after falling 600 feet into a ravine on Mount Washington, per the U.S. Forest Service

  • Two injured people were later rescued after they fell and hit rocks and ice

  • The Tuckerman Ravine is known its “spectacular scenery, deep snow, and challenging terrain,” according to New Hampshire's travel and tourism website

A 20-year-old skier died after falling 600 feet into a ravine on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, according to authorities.

The victim — identified as Madison Saltsburg — fell into the Tuckerman Ravine Saturday and “suffered fatal traumatic injuries,” according to the U.S. Forest Service, CNN, USA Today and the Associated Press reported.

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Two other people who were also skiing sustained injuries due to rocks and ice prior to being rescued, the U.S. Forest Service said, per the outlets, and noted that their "injuries were non-life threatening."

PEOPLE reached out to the U.S. Forest Service Monday for additional information about the incident.

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The conditions in the ravine at the time were reportedly described as icy as first responders had to endure snow and winds, per the AP. "The snow rangers and emergency personnel were up there late last night. They're exhausted," U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Colleen Mainville said via the news agency.

According to New Hampshire’s travel and tourism website, Tuckerman Ravine is located on the east side of Mount Washington in the White Mountain National Forest. Known for its “spectacular scenery, deep snow, and challenging terrain,” the ravine attracts thousands of visitors and is open year-round, though it is particularly popular during the spring and summer.

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“No matter when you come the most important rule of thumb is to plan ahead and prepare!” the website warned. “The terrain can be overwhelming; the weather is often downright inhospitable; and the sometimes-sizeable crowds can cloud your perception of the Ravine’s actual remoteness.”

Mount Washington was also the setting of a recent incident involving a Kentucky man who had to be rescued. Joabe Barbosa, 23, was hiking on the mountain last week when he fell, hit his head and lost a shoe, per authorities.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said that Barbosa went off the trail and into the Ammonoosuc Ravine. "While descending into the ravine, Barbosa fell and hit his head and face, lost one of his sneakers, and eventually became hypothermic,” they added.

Barbosa was eventually found by conservation officers after he was able to call 911. He was later taken to a medical facility. Authorities said that Barbosa was "not prepared for the hike."

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