Avalanche Facts

Posted: Friday, March 02, 2001

2000-2001 U.S. avalanche fatalities by activity category

Winter 2000-2001 stats through Feb. 24 (total does not include

skier in Utah killed Feb. 27), data courtesy of Northwest Weather

and Avalanche Center, Colorado Avalanche Information Center and

WestWide Avalanche Network.

 Activity

Deaths

Backcountry Skiers

6

Snowmobilers

8

Snowboarders

2

Hikers

3

Climbers

Snowshoers

1

Lift Skiers (out of bounds)

Hunters

Workers, residents, etc...

Total

20

United States avalanche fatalities by state

Info is for the winter of 1985-86 through the winter of 2000-2001

and the figures are current through Feb. 24. Stats are from Northwest

Weather and Avalanche Center Web site. (Editor's note, Alaska

figure does not include two deaths in 2000 that show up in charts

from other sources.)

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 State

Deaths

Colorado

94

Alaska

60

Utah

40

Montana

35

Wyoming

21

Washington

19

Idaho

14

California

12

Oregon

6

New Hampshire

5

Nevada

2

New York

2

Arizona

1

New Mexico

1

Total

312

Recent avalanches in Alaska

Stats are for fatalities and close calls from major avalanches. Information courtesy of Westwide Avalanche Network's Web site, http://www.avalanche.org.

2000-2001 winter season

(five major incidents, three confirmed deaths)

March 1, 2001 - Hogsback Ridge, near Eaglecrest Ski Area, two skiers in four-skier group, one carried and buried, rescued alive by partner.

Feb. 3, 2001 - 20 miles south of Eureka Lodge, three snowmobilers caught and buried, two killed, one escaped.

Jan. 1, 2001 - Aaron's Last Run, Turnagain Pass, one skier caught, carried and buried, rescued alive by own group.

Dec. 9, 2000 - South of Cantwell, off Parks Highway, one snowmobiler caught, buried and killed.

Nov. 11, 2000 - Flat Top Mountain, North Gully, Chugach State Park, one climber critically injured and one dog slightly injured.

1999-2000 winter season

(five major incidents, five deaths)

April 8, 2000 - Summit Lake, north of Paxson, one snowmobiler caught, buried and killed.

April 8, 2000 - Snow Shoe Peak, near Talkeetna, two backcountry skiers caught, one injured, one killed.

Feb. 1, 2000 - Seward Highway, south of Anchorage, three bulldozer operators clearing road of previous snow slides caught, one killed.

Jan. 26, 2000 - Cordova, three houses destroyed, three persons hit, one killed.

Dec. 26, 1999 - Hatcher Pass, in the Talkeetna Mountains 50 miles north of Anchorage, one snowmobiler caught, buried and killed.

1998-1999 winter season

(nine major incidents, 12 deaths)

May 14, 1999 - Blue Lake area near Sitka, two hikers caught, one killed.

April 30, 1999 - University Range in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Ultima Thule Peak, three climbers caught, one buried and killed.

April 27, 1999 - Mount McGinnis, near Juneau, one snowboarder caught, buried and killed.

April 16, 1999 - Talkeetna Mountains near Cantwell, seven snowmobilers caught, three injured, one killed, six machines damaged.

April 15, 1999 - Cordova, one construction worker caught, buried and killed.

April 3, 1999 - Chugach Mountains, south of Eureka, two snowmobilers caught, one buried and killed.

March 21, 1999 - Powerline Pass in Chugach State Park, three snowmobilers caught, two buried.

March 21, 1999 - Turnagain Pass, 10 snowmobilers caught, six buried and killed, three injured.

March 12, 1999 - Alyeska Ski Resort, Girdwood, two skiers caught and partially buried in large slide.

1997-1998 winter season

(six major incidents, four deaths)

April 26, 1998 - Denali National Park, one snowmobiler caught, buried and killed.

April 20, 1998 - Thompson Pass, near Valdez, two heli-skiers caught, one killed.

Jan. 31, 1998 - Grandview, nine train coal cars caught, three coal cars derailed.

Dec. 29, 1997 - Thompson Pass, two skiers caught, one fully and one partly buried.

Nov. 24, 1997 - Crow Pass, near Girdwood, one hiker caught, buried and killed.

Nov. 9, 1997 - Hatcher Pass, two snowboarders caught, one buried and killed.

1996-1997 winter season

(two major incidents, two deaths)

April 11, 1997 - near Gakona Glacier, one snowmobiler buried and killed.

Jan. 17, 1997 - Resurrection Pass, one hiker buried and killed.

1995-1996 winter season

(four major incidents, eight deaths)

June 22, 1996 - Mount Hunter, two climbers caught and killed.

June 12, 1996 - Mount St. Elias, four climbers caught and buried in their tent, one climber buried outside tent and killed.

May 13, 1996 - Mount Hunter, two climbers caught and killed.

Feb. 18, 1996 - Delta Range, three climbers buried and killed.



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