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Date: 2000-04-08
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Snow Shoe Peak, near Talkeetna
State: AK
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 2 backcountry skiers caught, 1 injured, 1 killed

From the Anchorage Daily News

Two people caught in an avalanche near Talkeetna on Saturday afternoon have been identified by Alaska

State Troopers.

Michele Potkin, 44, of Anchorage died after falling 200 feet off a cliff while caught in the slide. Joseph

Kluberton, 18, of Talkeetna fell alongside Potkin. He was treated and released Sunday morning from

Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Troopers said Potkin was telemark skiing and Kluberton had been snowboarding on Show Shoe Peak, 20

miles southeast of Talkeetna. Witnesses said the avalanche sent the two tumbling over the cliff's edge.

Potkin was in the area as part of a group participating in an Alaska Mountaineering School course on

wilderness medicine. But the accident occurred outside the class, troopers said.

From the Anchorage Daily News