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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... More »

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... More »

They Never Heard It Coming. Then the Snowmobile Crashed

Man held liable after he's thrown off snowmobile, which slammed into friend, causing 'horrific' injuries

(Newser) - A fun day snowmobiling in British Columbia left one man with "horrific" injuries and another liable for them after he was thrown off his snowmobile and the vehicle kept going, slamming into one of his companions. InfoTel News reports that Devon Webb, Angelo Passerin, and about eight others were... More »

Snowmobilers Implicated in Shooting Death of Man's Cow

'They shot her between the eyes'

(Newser) - Fluffy the cow was supposed to give birth to a calf in May, Central Maine reports. Instead Clayton Tibbetts found her dead in a field on his Maine farm last week. "They shot her between the eyes," he says. "It had to have been at close range.... More »

Snowmobilers Survive Night Stuck in Freezing Temps

It 'could have turned out much worse' for 3 women in Maine

(Newser) - Three snowmobilers survived Christmas night outside in below zero temperatures without emergency supplies in a scenario a Maine Warden Service rep notes "could have turned out much worse." Dorothy Gould, Valerie Morrow, and Alice Meadow—who'd been camping near Millinocket, Maine—were snowmobiling toward Kokadjo on Sunday... More »

Ill-Advised Craigslist Deal: Pound of Pot for Snowmobile

Unfortunately for Oregon guy, Craigslist seller of snowmobile was state trooper

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon, but what's not is trading a bunch of it for a recreational vehicle—and it's extra likely to come to light if a cop is the one selling said vehicle. But Jason Owen allegedly tried to do just that... More »

Todd Palin Fractured 8 Ribs in 'Freak' Accident

Trump awkwardly jokes about injured Palin, guns

(Newser) - Todd Palin is expected to recover after fracturing eight ribs in a snowmobile crash in Alaska on Sunday, his father tells the AP . Palin, who also suffered a broken shoulder blade and clavicle and a collapsed lung, was undergoing surgery Tuesday at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, wife Sarah... More »

Todd Palin Injured in 'Serious' Snowmobile Crash

He's in the ICU

(Newser) - Todd Palin is hospitalized in the intensive care unit after a snowmobile accident Sunday night, reports NBC News . His condition is not known, but a source tells NBC that the crash itself was "very serious." The news surfaced after Sarah Palin canceled a campaign event on behalf of... More »

Snowmobiler Rams Iditarod Teams, Kills Dog, Injures Others

'Someone tried to kill me'

(Newser) - One dog is dead and at least six more are injured after a snowmobiler purposely rammed into two sled-dog teams competing in the Iditarod early Saturday in Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers . The AP reports the attacks happened near the village of Nulato on the Yukon River. The snowmobile... More »

Snowmobile Disaster Leaves Woman Dead, Son Frostbitten

They were stranded in Wyoming mountains for 3 days

(Newser) - Sheriff's officials found a woman dead of exposure and her teenage son suffering from frostbite Tuesday, ending a three-day search for a family of three that went missing amid a series of mishaps while snowmobiling in Wyoming's Medicine Bow Mountains. Searchers had found the father in good condition... More »

Guy Builds Snow Cave to Survive 2 Nights in Canyon

Lawrence Orduno also has frozen Gatorade, lighter to thank

(Newser) - Lawrence Orduno got separated from a friend while snowmobiling in a remote canyon in Utah Saturday, and then his snowmobile got stuck in the snow. But the 48-year-old managed to survive two nights on his own, he told the AP in an interview this week. First, he managed to find... More »

How a Guy Lived for 3 Days in Sub-Zero Wilderness

Craig Johnson says he survived 'for my boys, my family'

(Newser) - A man says he spent three days fending off Alaska's brutal cold—and a slow, prowling wolverine—after his snowmobile broke through sea ice and sank beneath him, ABC News reports. On Dec. 15, Craig Johnson was on an 80-mile trip through wilderness to see his family when the... More »

Boy, 9, Saves Dad After Remote Snowmobile Crash

Marin County youth rides for miles to get help for injured father

(Newser) - A fourth-grader is being hailed as a hero for keeping his cool and saving his dad's life after a snowmobile accident, reports KTVU-TV . Bode Beirdneau, 9, and his father were snowmobiling in South Lake Tahoe when dad John Taylor lost control of his machine and ended up pinned beneath... More »

Dog Helps Save Woman Stuck 3 Days in Alaska Cold

'Elvis is a little hero'

(Newser) - A woman is lucky to be alive in Alaska after surviving three nights of temperatures that sank as low as minus 20 degrees—and she has "Elvis" to thank. Vivian Mayo, 57, was found severely hypothermic early Wednesday, huddled beneath the burned-out hulk of her snowmobile with her small,... More »

Snowmobiler Dies After X-Games Crash

Caleb Moore, 25, dies a week after being crushed by snowmobile

(Newser) - Caleb Moore died today of injuries suffered during last week's horrific snowmobile crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., his family revealed today in a statement. Moore, 25, hurt himself when he botched the landing on a backflip, bringing his entire 450-pound snowmobile crashing down on his... More »

3 Killed in Montana Avalanches

Unstable snow making slopes dangerous

(Newser) - Two Montana snowmobilers and a cross-country skier have been killed in three separate avalanches. The body of the skier was recovered by Montana authorities just across the border in Wyoming after his wife reported he vanished in an avalanche as they skied together. Two hours earlier, a snowmobiler died nearby... More »

Todd Palin & Partner Drop Out of Iron Dog Race

Partner's Injury, brutal conditions force out former 'First Dude'

(Newser) - Todd Palin won't be picking up his fifth Iron Dog victory in this year's 2,000-mile snowmobile race: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's husband has dropped out of the competition because of an injury to his partner. A crash broke the handlebars and springs on Scott Davis's snowmobile and exacerbated... More »

Palin Gets Ethics Complaint for Wearing Sponsor's Gear

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has been accused of another ethics violation, this time for wearing gear made by the company that sponsors her husband’s snow-machine adventure, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The governor supported Todd at the annual Iron Dog race in an outfit from Arctic Cat, which gave the snowmobiler... More »

Avalanche Deaths Haunt Survivor

Adams describes horror after eighth body is recovered

(Newser) - One of three survivors of Sunday's devastating avalanche in British Columbia says it was a "gut-wrenching" decision to leave behind eight of his friends—whose buried bodies he since helped recover. Fearing another rush of snow, Jeff Adams left the site with two others. The experienced sledders, all close... More »

8 Die in Avalanche Horror

Snowmobilers caught in two avalanches

(Newser) - The bodies of seven Canadian snowmobilers killed in two avalanches have been recovered by a search team in British Columbia, reports the Vancouver Sun. The double tragedy occurred as survivors of a first avalanche searched desperately for their friends before they, too, were engulfed by snow. The search for an... More »

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