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At Least 108 Dead in Afghanistan Avalanches

Heavy snow storm triggers deadly series of avalanches north of Kabul

(Newser) - Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 108 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said today, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The avalanches buried homes across four northeast provinces, killing those beneath, says Mohammad Aslam Syas, the deputy... More »

2 US Ski Team Prospects Killed in Alps Avalanche

Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle die in Austrian accident

(Newser) - Two prospects from the US Ski Team were killed in an avalanche today while skiing near their European training base in the Austrian Alps. The US ski team said Ronnie Berlack, 20, and Bryce Astle, 19, died in the incident near the Rettenbach glacier near Soelden, the venue for the... More »

Snowmobilers Save Moose in Avalanche

Three men in Alaska dig out stranded animal

(Newser) - Three snowmobilers near Anchorage, Alaska, came across a fresh landslide and tentatively approached to make sure no skiers had been trapped. Sure enough, they spotted something sticking out of the snow—something that turned out to be the snout of a buried moose, reports Alaska Dispatch News . The animal could... More »

After 'Whoomp,' Skier Dies in Alaska

35-year-old perishes in sudden avalanche, companion digs his way out

(Newser) - A backcountry skier in the upper reaches of Alaska died after he was buried in a surprise avalanche in the Rainbow Mountains on Saturday evening, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. Eric Peterson, 35, and his friend, 63-year-old Michael Hopper, had been enjoying their late-afternoon ski when the two heard a... More »

20 Climbers Dead, Dozens Missing in Himalayas Storm

Blizzard, avalanches trap scores of hikers on mountains

(Newser) - Another catastrophe in the Himalayas, where a sudden blizzard and a series of avalanches have killed more than 20 climbers and left dozens more missing, reports the BBC . About half the victims so far are foreigners, though no Americans are among them. The death toll in Nepal has already surpassed... More »

Deadly Avalanche May End Season on Everest

Search for missing Sherpas called off

(Newser) - Hundreds of Everest expeditions planned for this year's climbing season may be delayed or called off in the wake of the mountain's deadliest-ever accident . Sherpa guides angered by the government's offer of just $400 compensation to the families of the 13 Sherpas killed in an avalanche are... More »

Snowboarder 'Triggers Avalanche' That Buries 3

Two adults, 8-year-old boy buried in snow that destroyed house

(Newser) - Rescue officials say about 100 neighbors in Missoula, Montana, converged to help find three people buried Friday during an avalanche that may have been caused by a snowboarder. The avalanche swept down a mountain in a residential area of Missoula and crushed a house at the bottom. "It was... More »

2 Skiers Found Dead in Colorado

Seven skiers triggered deadly avalanche, officials say

(Newser) - Authorities say two skiers were killed and three others were injured in a large avalanche in Colorado. The Lake County Office of Emergency Management says seven skiers on Star Mountain near Independence Pass triggered the slide at about 5pm yesterday. Three were hospitalized with injuries that included a broken leg,... More »

Avalanche Kills 2 Skiers in Oregon

2 other members of group seriously hurt

(Newser) - An avalanche in Oregon's Wallowa Mountains yesterday killed two skiers and seriously injured two others, officials say. A group of eight people was skiing in the south part of the mountain range near Cornucopia when the avalanche hit; the other four were unhurt, the Oregonian reports. Oregon and Washington... More »

Only Road to Alaskan City Turns Into Lake

Avalanches leave Valdez cut off

(Newser) - The 4,100 residents of Valdez, Alaska, could be stuck there for a while: Two giant avalanches and multiple smaller ones have cut the city off, creating a half-mile lake behind a snow dam on top of the only road into town, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The risk of... More »

Vail Founder's Grandson Killed in Avalanche

Accident happens in East Vail Chutes

(Newser) - A "large" avalanche in Colorado yesterday morning killed the grandson of the man credited with co-founding Vail; three others sustained minor injuries, reports the Denver Post . The avalanche took place in the East Vail Chutes, which the Denver Channel describes as a "backcountry area" not affiliated with the... More »

Lucky Goats Escape Avalanche

As onlookers cheer

(Newser) - Things were not looking good for 10 mountain goats in the French Alps: As concerned onlookers watched (and videotaped), it appeared the Chamois goats would be overtaken by an avalanche. Six of the animals outran the oncoming snow, but four of them appeared to be overcome by it, the Telegraph... More »

4 Die in Everest Avalanche

1 Australian, 3 Tibetans killed

(Newser) - An Australian tourist and three Tibetans have died in an avalanche on Mount Everest, state media reported today. A local tourist agency organized a trip for four tourists to an off-limits area on Sunday evening, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The group of 10, which included three herders who... More »

Snowboarder Killed in Ice Tunnel Collapse

Trapped when bus-size hunk of ice fell on him

(Newser) - The body of a snowboarder trapped when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon's Mount Hood yesterday has been recovered. For almost five hours, rescuers used chainsaws to cut through a collapsed chunk of ice the size of a school bus in order to reach 25-year-old Collin Backowski, reports the... More »

5 Snowboarders Killed in Colorado Avalanche

Authorities think snowboarders triggered the slide

(Newser) - Five snowboarders were killed after apparently triggering a backcountry avalanche in Colorado, authorities say. Search and rescue crews recovered the bodies several hours after yesterday's slide, which was 600 feet wide. A sixth snowboarder caught in the avalanche was able to dig himself out and call for help; his... More »

Woman Dies in 'Horrific' Avalanche

Search called off for second missing Wash. state hiker

(Newser) - A woman has died hours after being dug out of an avalanche in Washington state yesterday, the Seattle Times reports. The woman was pulled alive from beneath five feet of snow by fellow hikers on a mountain near Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains. Rescuers hiked two-and-a-half hours in blizzard-like... More »

9 Climbers Die in Nepal Avalanche

Six others missing on Mount Manaslu

(Newser) - An avalanche swept away climbers on a Himalayan peak in Nepal today, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing, officials said. A police official said the bodies of a Nepalese guide and German man were recovered and that rescue pilots have spotted seven other bodies on the slopes... More »

Missing Climbers Alive After Avalanche

2 are rescued in snow; death toll stands at 9

(Newser) - Two people caught in today's avalanche in the French Alps have been found alive in the snow, CNN reports, and four others who had been deemed missing have been located, and are unscathed. Rescuers had broken off the search for the four because of weather conditions, but they eventually... More »

9 Killed in Mont Blanc Avalanche

Some climbers still missing in French Alps

(Newser) - An avalanche in the French Alps killed nine climbers and left another four or five missing this morning, the Telegraph reports. Two groups comprised of 28 climbers, many of them highly experienced, were trying to climb Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. The avalanche hit as they were ascending... More »

4 Climbers Presumed Dead After Avalanche

Mount McKinley search for survivors impeded by snow and wind

(Newser) - Four members of a Japanese climbing team are presumed dead after an avalanche swept them off a hill on Mount McKinley. US National Park Service officials say five people were traveling as one rope team early Thursday morning as part of a Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation expedition. One team member,... More »

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