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Avalanche at National Park Claims Skier's Life

Fatality occurred at Grand Teton in Wyoming

(Newser) - The nation's deadlier-than-usual avalanche season just got worse. A 33-year-old skier was killed Monday at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, reports Buckrail . Matthew Brien of Jackson, Wyo., was skiing ahead of two others at a spot known as the Broken Thumb Couloir when the snowpack gave way. "...

Colorado's Avalanche Death Toll Climbs

Snowboarder escapes death in Colorado on Saturday, but 2 others die in separate avalanches on Sunday

(Newser) - The nation's deadly avalanche count just got higher, with two more fatalities on Valentine's Day in Colorado. CNN and the Colorado Sun report that a snowboarder going down the slope on his own was buried around 9:30am local time Sunday in a backcountry slide near Mount Trelease,...

One Skier Kept Utah Avalanche From Being Far Worse

He saved himself by clinging to a tree, then dug out others

(Newser) - The US is coming off the deadliest week for avalanches in more than a century, and the Salt Lake Tribune reports that the toll would have been even higher if not for the actions of one skier. The unidentified man was among a group of five skiers ascending a back-country...

US Sees Most Avalanche Deaths in a Century
2 Factors May Explain
Spike in Avalanche Deaths
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2 Factors May Explain Spike in Avalanche Deaths

A weak snowpack, combined with more people outdoors in the pandemic

(Newser) - If it seems like you've been reading about avalanches more than usual lately, you're not wrong. The US has recorded 15 fatalities in the last week, the most in a seven-day span since 1910, reports BuzzFeed . The number so far this winter is 21, two shy of last...

A Plausible Explanation for the Dyatlov Pass Incident
They Fled the Tent
to Their Deaths.
This May Be Why
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They Fled the Tent to Their Deaths. This May Be Why

New research suggests a small avalanche occurred

(Newser) - On Feb. 1, 1959, nine students died while on a ski trip in Russia's Ural Mountains. Though their bodies were recovered, the mystery of how they met their end has persisted for 62 years. Now, researchers say they may have determined the cause of what's known as the...

Utah Avalanche Kills 4 Backcountry Skiers

The victims were in their 20s

(Newser) - Four backcountry skiers in their 20s died when one of the deadliest avalanches in Utah history hit a popular backcountry skiing area, the AP reports. Four other people were also buried in the Saturday slide but managed to dig themselves out and didn’t suffer serious injuries, according to Unified...

Avalanche Devastates Colorado Community

Eagle County mourns 3 'friends and leaders'

(Newser) - Three backcountry skiers are dead after a Monday avalanche in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, a loss particularly felt in Eagle County. All three men served in local government in some way. Andy Jensen was mayor pro tempore of the Eagle Town Council, Adam Palmer was the county's sustainable...

Avalanches Could Get Worse Soon, Colorado Warns

Three skiers have been killed since Friday

(Newser) - The deaths of three people in two Colorado avalanches since Friday have experts warning those headed to the mountainous backcountry to be careful and pay attention to forecasts. A rescue team on Sunday recovered the bodies of two skiers caught in an avalanche a day earlier near Ophir Pass in...

A 'Terrifying' Close Call for 2 Snowmobilers

Feb. 11 incident happened in Colorado

(Newser) - A fun day on the Colorado slopes for a pair of snowmobilers took a frightening turn earlier this month when one of them triggered an avalanche that partially buried the other. CNN reports on the Feb. 11 incident in Birdseye Gulch, near Leadville, captured in a video shared over the...

Soldiers, Firefighters Among 28 Dead in Avalanches

Rescuers were searching for 2 people missing in earlier avalanche when another struck

(Newser) - One disaster has followed another in eastern Turkey, where rescuers are among at least 28 people killed in two avalanches. The first struck late Tuesday in an alpine area of Van province, burying a snow plow and a minibus, reports the AP . The bus operator was reportedly trapped for 25...

Father-Son Snowmobiling Trip Turns Fatal

Son, 18, killed in avalanche

(Newser) - Tragedy struck during a father-son snowmobiling trip in Utah when an avalanche buried the son, killing him. Chase Adams, 18, and his dad, Ben, were snowmobiling in Farmington Canyon Saturday when the avalanche struck around 1:30pm, immediately burying Chase and his snowmobile. His father escaped and called 911 and...

Searchers Find Another Body After Avalanche

After death toll rises to 3, Idaho resort says all skiers are accounted for

(Newser) - Search-and-rescue teams thought they'd accounted for everyone who was skiing when an avalanche hit a resort in Idaho on Tuesday. But Silver Mountain Resort got a call Wednesday morning saying a family hadn't heard from relative who was there, NBC reports. The search resumed, and on Thursday, crews...

They Reopened the Slopes. Then Came the Avalanche

2 dead, 5 rescued at Idaho's Silver Mountain Resort

(Newser) - Two people were killed Tuesday when an avalanche buried a portion of mountain slope at a ski resort in northern Idaho. Five others were rescued on the scene at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office said early Wednesday, per the New York Times , which describes...

How Not to Die in an Avalanche
How Not to Die in an Avalanche
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How Not to Die in an Avalanche

Heidi Julavits went to avalanche school

(Newser) - Heidi Julavits went to avalanche school and lived to tell the tale. That certainly wasn't a sure thing. After wrapping up the three-day Level 1 course in the Eastern Sierra, she read an article about an avalanche death that happened that very day—during an advanced avalanche safety course...

After Avalanche in Swiss Alps, a Happy Ending
Crews Find Skiers
Hit by Avalanche

Crews Find Skiers Hit by Avalanche

A half-dozen were buried in snow in Swiss Alps, but there were no fatalities

(Newser) - An avalanche in the Swiss Alps left six people buried in the snow Thursday. They either managed to get themselves out or were rescued, CNN reports, and two of them were flown to a hospital with minor injuries. A search crew that included 25 skiers and three helicopters scoured a...

Snowboarder Killed by Avalanche He Triggered

45-year-old was in Park City, Utah

(Newser) - A 45-year-old snowboarder was killed Sunday after he was caught in an avalanche that he unintentionally triggered, according to the Utah Avalanche Center . The unidentified man was making his way down the Dutch Draw slope in Park City when he set off the avalanche and was buried in snow 100...

Recovery Team Confirms Fate of Famed Climbing Trio

Bodies of 3 renowned mountain climbers found in Banff National Park in Canada

(Newser) - Even the most skilled mountain climbers in the world are no match for a major avalanche. A recovery team in Canada's Banff National Park has recovered the bodies of renowned mountaineers Jess Roskelley, 36, Hansjorg Auer, 35, and David Lama, 28, reports the Calgary Herald . Roskelley is American and...

For Families of Missing Climbers, the Feared News

'Presumed to be deceased,' say parks officials in Canada

(Newser) - Authorities in Canada say it's all but certain that three renowned mountain climbers are dead. “Based on the assessment of the scene, all three members of the party are presumed to be deceased," declared the Canadian parks service regarding the fate of American Jess Roskelley and Austrians...

3 of World's Best Climbers Missing After Avalanche

They're presumed dead in Canadian Rockies

(Newser) - Three of the best alpine climbers in the world are missing and presumed dead in an avalanche in Canada's Banff National Park. American climber Jess Roskelley and Austrian climbers David Lama and Hansjörg Auer had been attempting a challenging climb on the east face of Howse Peak. Parks...

Northern Alps Are Having a Deadly Month

3 German skiers killed in Austria avalanche, 2 French ski patrollers killed by exploding devices

(Newser) - Three German skiers were killed in an avalanche in Austria and a fourth is still missing, police said Sunday as snowfall set in again in the northern Alps. In France, two ski patrollers were killed when the devices they use to trigger avalanches exploded. The two accidents brought to at...

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