Category Archives: Backcountry

Avalanche Sweeps Skier Off Cliff Near Silverton

Silverton, CO – A backcountry skier is lucky to be alive this morning after being swept off a cliff by an avalanche on Monday near Silverton. The incident occurred along U.S. route 550 at Coal Bank Pass, south of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, where the avalanche danger was rated at … Continue reading Avalanche Sweeps Skier Off Cliff Near Silverton

Lost Backcountry Skier Succumbs to Hypothermia

Leadville, CO – Searchers in Colorado last week located two lost backcountry skiers, but not before one died of hypothermia. Brett Beasley, a U.S. Forest Service Ranger from Salida, Colo., and an unnamed teen failed to return Wednesday from a backcountry ski outing in the area of Turquoise Lake, just west of Leadville. Snow was … Continue reading Lost Backcountry Skier Succumbs to Hypothermia

Avalanche Kills Backcountry Skier in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, MT – A 36-year-old backcountry skier died on Thursday from injuries sustained in an avalanche within Glacier National Park. Ben Parsons was skiing the south face of Stanton Mountain in the park with a companion when he was partially buried by the large soft-slab slide that broke 12-30 inches deep at 7,200 feet of … Continue reading Avalanche Kills Backcountry Skier in Glacier National Park

Out-of-Bounds Skier Dies at Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain, WA – A 64-year-old Seattle woman has died in an avalanche while skiing out of bounds at Crystal Mountain in Washington. Elizabeth Hampson had been a Crystal Mountain regular for 50 years. She embarked upon a solo ski tour from the Crystal Mountain parking lot last Wednesday and is believed to have triggered … Continue reading Out-of-Bounds Skier Dies at Crystal Mountain

Missing Targhee Snowboarder Found Dead

Alta, WY – A week after he went missing, the body of a 34-year-old Grand Targhee employee was found last Thursday buried under two feet of snow beneath a cliff near the Wyoming ski resort. Lee Kidd, a resident of nearby Driggs, Idaho, was reported missing on Dec. 23 after he failed to show up for … Continue reading Missing Targhee Snowboarder Found Dead

Skier Dies in Out-of-Bounds Avalanche at White Pass

White Pass, WA – A Bellingham, Wash. man died last week in an avalanche in the sidecountry of White Pass ski area, south of Mt. Rainier. Adam Roberts, 31, was found by members of White Pass Ski Patrol on Tuesday, buried under five to six feet of snow. Two feet of snow had fallen in … Continue reading Skier Dies in Out-of-Bounds Avalanche at White Pass

Three Skiers Rescued After Overnight Near Jackson

Teton Village, WY – Three men spent the night in a snow cave after venturing out of bounds at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort this past weekend. Rangers with Grand Teton National Park have identified the three as Drew McCord,32, of Houston, Tex.; Kevin Livingston, 37, of Afton, Wyo.; and Patrick Callihan, 24, of Jackson, Wyo. All three left … Continue reading Three Skiers Rescued After Overnight Near Jackson