Category Archives: Backcountry

Skier Dies in September Avalanche Near Lake Louise

Lake Louise (AB), Canada – It’s the first avalanche fatality we’ve heard of thus far this season in North America. Officials with Parks Canada have confirmed that the body of a man in his 20s from Golden, B.C., has been recovered at the scene of an avalanche on Sunday on Mount Victoria, within Banff National … Continue reading Skier Dies in September Avalanche Near Lake Louise

Snow Science Workshop Returns To Breckenridge After 24 Years

Breckenridge, CO – The International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW), the world’s marquee conference for snow and avalanche professionals, returns to Colorado Oct. 3-7, 2016. The five-day event will allow expert researchers and practitioners in the field of avalanche and snow science to merge theory and practice in one of the nation’s premier ski destinations. The ISSW, … Continue reading Snow Science Workshop Returns To Breckenridge After 24 Years

Five Skiers Die in Austrian Avalanche

Lizumerhütte, Austria – Five skiers from the Czech Republic who ignored avalanche warnings died in a slide in  Austria’s western Wattental Valley on Saturday. The five were among 17 Czech nationals taking part in a freeride camp who were buried in the massive avalanche that stretched 2 km wide on the Junsjoch mountain.  Two suffered … Continue reading Five Skiers Die in Austrian Avalanche

College Student Found Dead in Montana Backcountry

Bozeman, MT – A Montana State University student was found dead on Friday morning in the backcountry south of Bozeman. Alaska native Nathaniel “Alex” Wright, 20, headed alone to Hyalite Canyon on Thursday for some backcountry skiing near History Rock. When he didn’t return home by 10:45 p.m., just over two hours overdue, his girlfriend notified authorities. Temperatures … Continue reading College Student Found Dead in Montana Backcountry

Skier Dies in Japan Avalanche

Katashina (Gunma Prefecture), Japan – A 36-year-old Japanese man died in an avalanche while backcountry skiing near Katashina on Sunday. Fuji TV is reporting that Shigeki Yoshida was skiing out of bounds when died in the slide that occurred at around noon. He was buried for 20 minutes before being extricated in a state of cardiac arrest. Warmer … Continue reading Skier Dies in Japan Avalanche

Searchers Find Body of Missing Park City Skier

Park City, UT – Searchers on Tuesday found the body of a skier missing at Park City Mountain Resort since Sunday. The body of Stephen Jones, 50, of nearby Wanship, Utah was found beneath three feet of avalanche debris in a sidecountry area known as Shale Shot, also known locally as Shell Shock above the top … Continue reading Searchers Find Body of Missing Park City Skier

Another Utah Avalanche Injures Skier

Salt Lake City, UT – A forecast from the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) for a “moderate to considerable” risk of slides in the central Wasatch Mountains on Tuesday didn’t dissuade a backcountry skier who was injured in an avalanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon. One skier was caught, carried, partially buried and injured in a large avalanche Tuesday … Continue reading Another Utah Avalanche Injures Skier