U.S. Avalanche Accidents Reports

CAIC

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2015-2016
TOTAL FATALITIES: 29

Date Place Fatalities State Activity Summary
2016-02-27 Glennallen, Chugach Mountains, near Nelchina Glacier 1 AK SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 killed
2016-04-11 Paxson, Summit Lake, Eastern Alaska Range, near Gulkana Glacier 1 AK SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried and killed
2016-04-03 Paxson, Summit Lake, Eastern Alaska Range, Hoodoo Mountains, Courage Mountain 1 AK SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 partly buried, 1 buried and killed
2016-01-02 Hatcher Pass, West side, Grubstake Gulch 1 AK SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried and killed
2015-11-22 Hatcher Pass 1 AK SKI 1 backcountry skier presumed caught, buried and killed
2016-01-16 Hatcher Pass, Skyscraper Mountain 1 AK SNOWBOARD 1 backcountry snowboarder caught, buried and killed
2015-11-10 Inyo County, John Muir Wilderness, Meysan Lake, Mt. Mallory 1 CA CLIMB 1 climber caught, buried and killed
2016-01-14 Sugar Bowl out of area, Mount Judah 1 CA SKI 1 out-of-area skier caught, buried and killed
2016-01-21 Crested Butte, Kebler Pass, Ruby Bowl 1 CO SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 buried and 1 killed
2016-01-16 Front Range, St. Marys Lake 1 CO CLIMB 1 climber caught, buried and killed
2016-02-05 Cottonwood Pass, east side 1 CO OTHER 1 snowbiker (motorized) caught, buried and killed
2016-02-02 Wolf Creek Pass, Tucker Ponds, Lost Mine Creek 1 CO SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried and killed
2016-02-26 Island Park, Macks Inn 1 ID OTHER 3 residents caught, buried, 2 injured and 1 killed
2016-01-31 Brundage, Goose Lake area, Twin Lakes, Granite Mountain 1 ID SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried and killed
2016-01-19 Yellowstone Club (outside of ski area), Cedar Basin 1 MT SKI 1 ski patroller caught, partly buried and killed
2015-12-19 Cooke City, Beartooth Mountains, Sheep Mountain 1 MT SNOWMOBILE 3 snowmobilers caught, 2 partly buried, 2 buried and 1 killed
2016-01-23 Olney, Whitefish Range, Swede Creek 1 MT SNOWMOBILE 3 snowmobilers caught, 1 partly buried, 2 buried and 1 killed
2016-03-22 Southern Oregon, Diamond Lake, Mt. Bailey 1 OR OTHER 1 snowcat ski guide caught and killed
2016-03-08 Joseph, Wallowa Mountains, Chief Joseph Peak 1 OR SKI 1 backcountry skier caught, partly buried and killed
2016-01-31 Park City Canyons, Pointy Peak, Shale Shot 1 UT SKI 1 out-of-area skier caught, buried and killed
2016-01-21 Big Cottonwood Canyon, Gobblers Knob, Whitesnake 1 UT SKI 2 backcountry skiers caught, 1 partly buried, 1 buried and killed
2015-12-31 Snoqualmie Pass, Granite Mountain 1 WA SNOWSHOE 1 snowshoer caught and killed
2016-01-24 Mt Baker, Mt. Herman, north flank 1 WA SKI 2 backcountry skiers caught, 1 injured, 1 killed
2015-12-19 Snoqualmie Pass, Commonwealth Basin 1 WA SKI 1 backcountry skier caught, buried and killed
2016-01-19 Jackson, Jensen Canyon, Pyramid Peak 1 WY SNOWBOARD 1 backcountry snowboarder caught, buried and killed
2016-02-21 Grand Targhee Resort, 1 WY SKI 1 out-of-area skier caught, buried and killed
2016-02-19 Sheridan, Big Horn Mountains, Hunt Mountain Road 1 WY SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught and killed
2016-01-24 Jackson Hole, Rock Springs, Ralphs Slide (outside ski area) 2 WY SKI 2 out-of-area skiers killed