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They Survived an Avalanche, Then Had to Survive the Night

2 climbers in New Zealand's Remarkables mountain range built a snow cave

(Newser) - Two climbers were caught in an avalanche on a mountain in New Zealand—and that was just the start of their troubles. The 20-something males were finishing up a three-day climbing adventure in the Remarkables mountain range when they awoke Tuesday to find their tent buried in fresh snow, per...

Deadly Glacier Chunk Was Size of Apartment Building

And it was reportedly moving at 200mph

(Newser) - Thunderstorms on Monday hampered the search for more than a dozen hikers who remained unaccounted for a day after a huge chunk of an Alpine glacier in Italy's Dolomite mountains broke off , sending an avalanche of ice, snow, and rocks down the slope. Officials put the known death toll...

An Avalanche, a 50-Foot Drop —Then, a Miracle

Colorado rescue team calls skier's story 'incredible'

(Newser) - A skier triggered an avalanche in Colorado on Sunday that carried him 200 to 300 feet, including a drop off a 50-foot cliff—but miraculously, he survived. Authorities say the skier and his mother had to rappel down into the chute they were skiing in Loveland Pass on Saturday, and...

'Unprecedented' Avalanche Onslaught Leaves 9 Dead

Austrian authorities warn of continued 'considerable' risk in the Alps

(Newser) - Nine people are dead in the Austrian Alps after what's being described as an "unprecedented" spate of avalanche activity. On Saturday, officials there continued to warn of "considerable" risk of avalanches, due to heavy snowfall followed by warmer weather conditions, reports the AP . The Guardian details four...

3 Bodies Found Buried on Peak Near Everest

They belong to French climbers missing on Kangtega since Oct. 26

(Newser) - Three French climbers appear to have died in an avalanche on a peak near Mount Everest last month. The bodies of Thomas Arfi, Gabriel Miloche, and Louis Pachoud were recovered from Kangtega mountain in Nepal's remote Solukhumbu district on Monday, a day after they were discovered under more than...

Olympic Snowboarder Killed in Avalanche

Julie Pomagalski competed in 2002, 2006 games

(Newser) - A two-time Olympic snowboarder and former world champion in the sport died Tuesday in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. Julie Pomagalski, who competed in the 2002 and 2006 winter games, was 40, the New York Times reports. She and three others were freeriding (riding on ungroomed terrain in the...

Avalanche at National Park Claims Skier's Life

Fatality occurred at Grand Teton in Wyoming

(Newser) - The nation's deadlier-than-usual avalanche season just got worse. A 33-year-old skier was killed Monday at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, reports Buckrail . Matthew Brien of Jackson, Wyo., was skiing ahead of two others at a spot known as the Broken Thumb Couloir when the snowpack gave way. "...

Colorado's Avalanche Death Toll Climbs

Snowboarder escapes death in Colorado on Saturday, but 2 others die in separate avalanches on Sunday

(Newser) - The nation's deadly avalanche count just got higher, with two more fatalities on Valentine's Day in Colorado. CNN and the Colorado Sun report that a snowboarder going down the slope on his own was buried around 9:30am local time Sunday in a backcountry slide near Mount Trelease,...

One Skier Kept Utah Avalanche From Being Far Worse

He saved himself by clinging to a tree, then dug out others

(Newser) - The US is coming off the deadliest week for avalanches in more than a century, and the Salt Lake Tribune reports that the toll would have been even higher if not for the actions of one skier. The unidentified man was among a group of five skiers ascending a back-country...

US Sees Most Avalanche Deaths in a Century
2 Factors May Explain
Spike in Avalanche Deaths
the rundown

2 Factors May Explain Spike in Avalanche Deaths

A weak snowpack, combined with more people outdoors in the pandemic

(Newser) - If it seems like you've been reading about avalanches more than usual lately, you're not wrong. The US has recorded 15 fatalities in the last week, the most in a seven-day span since 1910, reports BuzzFeed . The number so far this winter is 21, two shy of last...

A Plausible Explanation for the Dyatlov Pass Incident
They Fled the Tent
to Their Deaths.
This May Be Why
the rundown

They Fled the Tent to Their Deaths. This May Be Why

New research suggests a small avalanche occurred

(Newser) - On Feb. 1, 1959, nine students died while on a ski trip in Russia's Ural Mountains. Though their bodies were recovered, the mystery of how they met their end has persisted for 62 years. Now, researchers say they may have determined the cause of what's known as the...

Utah Avalanche Kills 4 Backcountry Skiers

The victims were in their 20s

(Newser) - Four backcountry skiers in their 20s died when one of the deadliest avalanches in Utah history hit a popular backcountry skiing area, the AP reports. Four other people were also buried in the Saturday slide but managed to dig themselves out and didn’t suffer serious injuries, according to Unified...

Avalanche Devastates Colorado Community

Eagle County mourns 3 'friends and leaders'

(Newser) - Three backcountry skiers are dead after a Monday avalanche in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, a loss particularly felt in Eagle County. All three men served in local government in some way. Andy Jensen was mayor pro tempore of the Eagle Town Council, Adam Palmer was the county's sustainable...

Avalanches Could Get Worse Soon, Colorado Warns

Three skiers have been killed since Friday

(Newser) - The deaths of three people in two Colorado avalanches since Friday have experts warning those headed to the mountainous backcountry to be careful and pay attention to forecasts. A rescue team on Sunday recovered the bodies of two skiers caught in an avalanche a day earlier near Ophir Pass in...

A 'Terrifying' Close Call for 2 Snowmobilers

Feb. 11 incident happened in Colorado

(Newser) - A fun day on the Colorado slopes for a pair of snowmobilers took a frightening turn earlier this month when one of them triggered an avalanche that partially buried the other. CNN reports on the Feb. 11 incident in Birdseye Gulch, near Leadville, captured in a video shared over the...

Soldiers, Firefighters Among 28 Dead in Avalanches

Rescuers were searching for 2 people missing in earlier avalanche when another struck

(Newser) - One disaster has followed another in eastern Turkey, where rescuers are among at least 28 people killed in two avalanches. The first struck late Tuesday in an alpine area of Van province, burying a snow plow and a minibus, reports the AP . The bus operator was reportedly trapped for 25...

Father-Son Snowmobiling Trip Turns Fatal

Son, 18, killed in avalanche

(Newser) - Tragedy struck during a father-son snowmobiling trip in Utah when an avalanche buried the son, killing him. Chase Adams, 18, and his dad, Ben, were snowmobiling in Farmington Canyon Saturday when the avalanche struck around 1:30pm, immediately burying Chase and his snowmobile. His father escaped and called 911 and...

Searchers Find Another Body After Avalanche

After death toll rises to 3, Idaho resort says all skiers are accounted for

(Newser) - Search-and-rescue teams thought they'd accounted for everyone who was skiing when an avalanche hit a resort in Idaho on Tuesday. But Silver Mountain Resort got a call Wednesday morning saying a family hadn't heard from relative who was there, NBC reports. The search resumed, and on Thursday, crews...

They Reopened the Slopes. Then Came the Avalanche

2 dead, 5 rescued at Idaho's Silver Mountain Resort

(Newser) - Two people were killed Tuesday when an avalanche buried a portion of mountain slope at a ski resort in northern Idaho. Five others were rescued on the scene at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office said early Wednesday, per the New York Times , which describes...

How Not to Die in an Avalanche
How Not to Die in an Avalanche

How Not to Die in an Avalanche

Heidi Julavits went to avalanche school

(Newser) - Heidi Julavits went to avalanche school and lived to tell the tale. That certainly wasn't a sure thing. After wrapping up the three-day Level 1 course in the Eastern Sierra, she read an article about an avalanche death that happened that very day—during an advanced avalanche safety course...

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