Category Archives: Backcountry

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

Three More Die in Western Avalanches

Jackson, WY and Bellingham, WA – Avalanches over the weekend killed three more backcountry skiers in the western U.S., bringing the tally to 10 deaths by avalanche in the past 10 days, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Two ill-equipped skiers will killed in the sidecountry adjacent to Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) … Continue reading Three More Die in Western Avalanches

UPDATED: Skier Meets Untimely End in Utah Avalanche

Updated: Jan. 22, 2016 11:30 a.m. MST with additional information. Originally Published: Jan. 21, 2016 11:29 p.m. MST Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT – Just on Wednesday, I was sitting in the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge café at Alta Ski Area in Utah, sipping an after-lunch latté while I waited for my out-of-town friend Jonathan to head back … Continue reading UPDATED: Skier Meets Untimely End in Utah Avalanche