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Date: 2013-03-03
Submitted By: AAA
Place: Haines, Takhinsha Mountains, Kicking Horse River drainage
State: AK
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 4 heliskiers caught, 2 seriously injured and 1 guide killed

A heliski group of 3 skiers and 2 snowboarders were on a narrow ridge when a section of the ridge collapsed sweeping 4 down the mountain. One skier was equipped with and deployed his airbag. He survived. Two others suffered serious injuries: 1 snowboarder suffered multiple femur fractures. One skier suffered a fractured hip, nose, and multiple facial and head lacerations. The guide, on snowboard, was killed.

This cornice collapse did not trigger a slab, but by definition -- moving snow -- is considered a type of avalanche.

Media report:

Haines Avalanche Center:

4 Mar 2013, updated: 4 Apr 2013