In this April 10, 2016, file photo, a skier drops below the ice-covered headwall of Tuckerman Ravine on New Hampshire's Mount Washington. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

CONCORD, New Hampshire — A Vermont man has been identified as the backcountry skier who died following an avalanche on Mount Washington, the New Hampshire Fish and Department said.

Ian Forgays, 54, of Lincoln, Vermont, was reported missing by his friends Tuesday night. His vehicle was found Wednesday morning in the snow-filled Ammonoosuc Ravine parking lot.

Rescuers hiked up into the ravine, despite potential avalanche danger, in an effort to find him. They detected an avalanche beacon tracking device signal after several hours and dug through 13 feet of packed snow and debris before they found the body of Forgays.