U.S. Avalanche Accidents Reports

CAIC

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2002-2003
TOTAL FATALITIES: 58

Date Place Fatalities State Activity Summary
2003-05-25 Meadow Mountain area about 35 miles north of Kaslo   BC SNOWMOBILE 14 snowmobilers caught, carried, 5 buried, 3 injured
2003-04-26 Charity Valley in Alpine County 1 CA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2003-04-18 near Crowsnest Pass 1 AB SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught and killed
2003-04-15 Devil's Thumb on the Alaska-BC Boarder 2 AK CLIMB 2 climbers missing and presumed killed in avalanche
2003-04-10 Verde Peak area in the Chugach Mountains 1 AK SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed
2003-04-07 10 km northwest of Golden, BC 1 BC SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2003-03-31 Scallop Mountain, near Takla Landing 1 BC SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 buried and killed
2003-03-29 Granite Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass   WA SKI 1 skier caught, partly buried, seriously injured
2003-03-27 Brewer Creek area, southwest of Invermere 1 BC SNOWMOBILE 12 snowmobilers caught, unknown number buried, 1 killed
2003-03-26 Mountains near Fernie, BC 3 BC SNOWMOBILE 7 snowmobilers caught, 3 buried and killed
2003-03-26 Mount Terry Fox near Valemount 1 BC SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed
2003-03-22 North of Burro Peak and south of Bear Creek 1 CO SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2003-03-20 Porcupine Peak, Loveland Pass 1 CO SKI 2 skiers caught and carried. 1 injured, 1 killed
2003-03-20 Ram Mountain Range, southwest of Onion Lake 1 AB SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2003-03-17 Grizzley Bowl Area in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park 2 BC SKI 3 skiers caught and buried, 2 killed
2003-03-14 Lake Agnes, northwest of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 1 AB SNOWSHOE 1 snowshoer caught, buried, and killed
2003-03-13 Sheep Pass in the Salt River Range   WY SNOWMOBILE 3 snowmobilers caught, carried, 1 injured, 1 buried and rescue with transceiver
2003-03-12 West of Marias Pass, MT; US HWY 2   MT OTHER Large avalanche cycle along highway and railroad corridor
2003-03-09 Ptarmigan Lake, Cottonwood Pass, Sawatch Range 1 CO SNOWMOBILE 1 Snowmobiler Caught, Buried and Killed
2003-03-09 Mount Abundance,10 miles northwest of Cooke City 1 MT SNOWMOBILE 3 snowmobilers caught, 2 buried, 1 killed
2003-03-07 Backyards, a Permanently Closed Area   OR SNOWBOARD 1 snowboarder caught, buried, and rescued with avalanche transceiver
2003-03-05 Hancock Pass, North of Monarch Pass 1 CO SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2003-03-01 Microdot Peak, Hatcher Pass   AK SKI 1 skier caught, carried, partially buried & injured. 2 caught in powder blast.
2003-02-24 Smiths Fork in the Salt River Range 1 WY SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught buried and killed
2003-02-22 Echo Bowl near Priest Lake 1 ID SNOWMOBILE 5 snowmobilers caught, 1 buried and killed
2003-02-22 Near Keokee Lake, northwest of Schweitzer Mountain Resort 1 ID SKI 1 backcountry skier caught buried and killed
2003-02-22 Mt Belford in the Sawatch Range west of Buena Vista 1 CO SKI 3 Skiers Caught, 2 Partly Buried, 1 injured (frostbite) and 1 Buried and Killed
2003-02-17 Peak 13,294 (Citadel), Dry Gulch, Loveland Pass area 1 CO CLIMB 2 climbers caught, carried. 1 buried and killed
2003-02-15 Gobbler's Knob Area 1 UT SKI unknown number caught, 1 buried and killed
2003-02-15 4.5 miles east of Mile 219.5 of the Parks Highway   AK SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught and critically injured
2003-02-10 Teton County, Hourglass Couloir, a Permanently Closed Area 1 WY SKI 2 skiers caught, carried, 1 skier buried and killed
2003-02-09 Hatch Peak, above pass to Willow 1 AK SNOWBOARD 2 snowboarders caught, carried, 1 buried and killed
2003-02-02 Elk Creek drainage of the Crazy Mountains near Livingston Montana 1 MT SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2003-02-01 Mount Cheops; Rogers Pass area of Glacier National Park 7 BC SKI 17 Skiers caught, 15 buried, 7 killed
2003-02-01 Copper Creek Bowl northeast of Lincoln, MT 1 MT SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught and buried, 1 rescued with transciever, 1 killed
2003-01-29 Avalanche Bowl, Teton Pass 1 WY SNOWBOARD 1 solo snowboarder caught, buried, and killed
2003-01-25 Kettle Creek Drainage near Togwotee Pass 1 WY SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 killed , 1 injured
2003-01-22 North side of Wolverine Peak 1 MT SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2003-01-20 Durand Glacier, near Revelstoke, BC 7 BC SKI 11 skiers caught, 1 injured, 7 killed
2003-01-06 Cardiac Ridge Area in Cardiff Fork   UT SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and rescued with avalanche transceiver
2003-01-05 Near the Red Mountain ski resort 1 BC SKI 1 out of bounds skier caught buried and killed
2003-01-05 North of Sheep pass, possibly near Corral Creek Lake 1 WY SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed.
2003-01-04 near Ski Lake on Teton Pass 1 WY SNOWBOARD 1 snowboarder caught, carried, and killed
2003-01-04 Darby Canyon   ID SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, carried, and injured
2002-12-29 Norse Peak, near Crystal Mtn. Resort 1 WA SKI 7 skiers caught, 6 partially buried, 1 injured, 1 buried and killed.
2002-12-28 Trinity Mountain area, west of Fairfield 1 ID SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught and buried, 1 killed
2002-12-28 COOKE CITY   MT SNOWMOBILE 4 seperate snowmobile incidents, one with serious injuries
2002-12-28 South of Valemount 1 BC SNOWMOBILE 3 snowmobilers caught and buried. 1 snowmobiler killed
2002-12-26 West side of the Snowy Range 1 WY OTHER 1 snowmobiler buried and killed
2002-12-19 Steve Baugh Bowl , Jedediah Smith Wilderness   ID SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and rescued with avalanche transciever
2002-12-15 East of Mt Rose 1 NV SNOWBOARD 1 snowboarder caught and killed
2002-12-14 Central Idaho   ID SKI 2 backcountry skiers caught and buried in seperate accidents
2002-11-29 Tuckerman Ravine 2 NH CLIMB 7 climbers caught, 4 buried, 2 killed
2002-11-11 Jackson Hole area   WY SKI 2 backcountry skiers caught and buried in seperate accidents