Avalanche Fatality, Ammonoosuc Ravine

February 1, 2021

Synopsis:

At approximately 7am on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, a NH Fish and Game officer contacted the lead snow ranger at the USFS Mount Washington Avalanche Center to ask for assistance in locating the vehicle of an individual who was reported missing on Tuesday night,  Ian Forgays, a 54 year old male from Vermont. Recent communications between Ian and his friends suggested that he had been planning a day of backcountry skiing, either in Ammonoosuc Ravine or Monroe Brook on the west side of Mount Washington, on Monday, Feb. 1, prior to the start of a significant winter storm arriving Monday night and continuing Tuesday.  At 10am on Wednesday,  searchers found Ian’s car at the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead parking lot; by 4:25pm, an avalanche beacon signal was found deep in a debris pile of an avalanche. By 6pm, Ian was found dead, 13’ down in the debris pile. The autopsy identified asphyxia as the cause of death.