U.S. Avalanche Accidents Reports

CAIC

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2008-2009
TOTAL FATALITIES: 54

Date Place Fatalities State Country Activity Summary
2009-04-18 Thompson Pass near Valdez 1 AK USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-04-17 Near Thompson Pass outside of Valdez 1 AK USA SKI 1 skier caught in sluff and carried over cliffs, died from trauma
2009-04-14 Notre-Dame Mountains on Quebec's upper Gaspé Peninsula 1 QC CANADA SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed
2009-04-10 Clemina Creek in Monashees near Valemount 1 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-04-05 Norton Creek, 20 miles west of Ketchum 1 ID USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-03-28 Johnson Pass, Kenai Peninsula 1 AK USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-03-27 Valley of the Lakes, 20 km SW of Parson, BC 1 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-03-25 Hellroaring Creek west of Kimberley 1 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-03-24 Renshaw Mountain west of Jasper 2 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 3 snowmobilers caught, 2 buried and killed
2009-03-21 Whitewater Creek area of Caribou Mtns, near Blue River 1 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 3 snowmobilers caught, 1 partially buried, 1 injured, 1 buried and killed
2009-03-18 near 100 Mile House in the Central Interior of B.C. 1 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-03-16 Sheol Valley southwest of Lake Louise   AB CANADA SKI 2 skiers caught, 1 partially buried, 1 completely buried and recovered
2009-03-07 Eagle Cap Wilderness 1 OR USA SKI 3 skiers caught, 1 partially buried, one buried, one buried and killed
2009-03-07 Kicking Horse Mountain Resort - Ozone Permanent Avalanche Closure 2 BC CANADA SKI 2 skiers caught, buried and killed
2009-03-06 Gladiator Ridge, 20 miles northwest of Sun Valley 1 ID USA SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed, 1 seriously injured
2009-03-06 Black Lee Drainage 7 miles NE of McCall   ID USA SKI 4 skiers caught, 2 buried, 1 injured
2009-03-03 Squaw Valley 1 CA USA SKI 1 skier caught, died from injuries
2009-03-01 Duck Lake area north of Brundage Mountain Ski Area   ID USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, carried, and seriously injured
2009-02-27 Trapper Creek, north of Priest Lake 1 ID USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-02-27 Indian Peak area of the Snake River Range in western Wyoming 3 WY USA SNOWMOBILE 4 snowmobilers caught, and buried. 1 self-rescued, 3 killed
2009-02-24 Trinity Mountains near Featherville   ID USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler buried and recovered
2009-02-21 near Maggies Peak, Lake Tahoe Region 1 CA USA SKI 1 skier caught and killed
2009-02-11 Mount Two Top; Targhee Natl. Forest   MT USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and rescued with serious injuries
2009-01-17 Hell Roaring drainage South of Mt Jefferson 1 MT USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-01-17 Black Butte area of the Gravelly Range 1 MT USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-01-17 Northeast facing slope on Crown Butte 1 MT USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-01-17 Black Meadows area of Babcock Mountain near Tumbler Ridge 1 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-01-16 Monashee Mountains, 25 km south of Valemount 1 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-01-14 near Banff National Park 1 AB CANADA HIKE 1 hiker caught, buried, and killed
2009-01-11 Mara Mountain area in the B.C. Interior 1 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2009-01-11 Chetwynd, B.C., located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains 1 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 5 snowmobilers caught and buried. 4 rescued, 1 killed
2009-01-08 Alice Mountain, 15 kilometres northwest of Terrace, B.C. 1 BC CANADA SNOWBOARD unknown number caught, 1 snowboarder buried, rescued, and died at hospital
2009-01-02 -Main Vein- Ice Climb; Shoshone National Forest 1 WY USA CLIMB 1 ice climber caught and killed
2009-01-01 Secret Chutes Area / CLOSED AREA 1 BC CANADA SNOWBOARD 1 snowboarder caught, buried, and killed in a Closed Area
2008-12-31 Out-of-Area, Blackcomb Backcountry 1 BC CANADA SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed
2008-12-30 Rockford, WA (near Spokane, eastern WA) 1 WA USA OTHER Roof Avalanche kills 85 year old women
2008-12-29 Yamaha Hill; Moffat Basin Area 1 UT USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2008-12-29 The Headwall; Jackson Hole Mountain Resort   WY USA SKI 7 patrollers involved, 4 buried, all rescued
2008-12-28 Brown Bear Basin near Harts Pass 1 WA USA SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2008-12-28 Harvey Pass area 8 BC CANADA SNOWMOBILE 11 snowmobilers caught in 2 slides, 8 buried and killed
2008-12-27 Paintbrush Area; Jackson Hole 1 WY USA SKI 2 skiers caught, 1 buried and killed
2008-12-27 Gravel Mountain - Grand Lake Area 2 CO USA SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught, buried, and killed
2008-12-26 North of Little Water Peak   UT USA SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and rescued alive by companions
2008-12-25 Poulsen’s Gully-Squaw Valley Ski Area 1 CA USA SKI 1 Skier caught, buried, and killed
2008-12-24 Logan Peak - Rodeo Grounds Area 2 UT USA SNOWMOBILE 3 involved, 2 caught, buried, and killed
2008-12-17 NW of Crested Butte - Happy Chutes 1 CO USA SNOWBOARD 1 snowboarder caught, buried, and killed
2008-12-14 Richmond Ridge 1 CO USA SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed
2008-12-14 Mt. Baldy, Snowbird Ski Resort 1 UT USA SKI 1 skier caught, buried, died later in the hospital
2008-12-14 Red Pine Lake Area   UT USA SKI 1 skier caught, carried, and injured