Whatcom County, WA– Mark Panthen, 36, of Bellingham, died Sunday afternoon in one of two avalanches on the north slope of Herman Mountain, next to the Mount Baker Ski Resort. A skiing partner was injured and airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham after a rescue effort.
According to a press release, a person Skiing with Mr. Panthen called an employee of the Ski Resort just after 12:45 on Sunday afternoon, stating Mr. Panthen was injured and needed help.
Personnel assessed the situation and located the Skiers quickly. The accident occurred around the 4,200 foot level on the North facing Flank of Mount Herman, an area that is adjacent to the Mount Baker Ski Area and is descried as an area that is not accessible by a ski lift.
Search and Rescue (SAR) Personnel using a helicopter confirmed Mr. Panthen had died and then airlifted the other injured skier to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham with head injuries. His condition is unknown at this time.
The two were descried as very experienced skiers and outdoors-men and had all the proper equipment with them.
Video of Mark Panthen by David Penrose, Via YouTube:
On Monday, January 25th, SAR teams recovered the body of Mr. Panthen just after 1 pm using a combination of ground SAR and air SAR teams.
Video of Mark Panthen by David Penrose via Youtube:
According to a You Caring Page set up to help the Panthen Family, Mark was a loving husband and father who threaded a healthy, active lifestyle through his relationships with friends and family.
His smile, energetic look in his eyes, his kindness, his everything will be missed. Mark, who was 36, is survived by his wife, Amanda Peart and their two children Caden and Oakley.
This sudden loss has devastated the family and close friends. Even though we can offer support, both emotionally and physically, I feel there is more we can do to help.
Open your heart and please help Mark’s family through this terrible period in their lives and help them make the financial transition of life without Mark at their sides.