U.S. Avalanche Accidents Reports

CAIC

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2001-2002
TOTAL FATALITIES: 48

Date Place Fatalities State Activity Summary
2002-06-13 Denali National Park - Mount Foraker; Southeast Ridge 3 AK CLIMB 3 climbers, believed to be caught, carried, and killed
2002-04-15 Twin Lakes, Kenai Peninsula   AK OTHER At least 143 Caribou killed in slide that occured 12/23/2002
2002-04-14 1 mile outside of Fortress Mountain Resort Boundaries 2 AB SNOWBOARD 3 snowboarders caught, 1 injured, 2 buried and killed
2002-03-31 Mount Magnificent, Eagle River area 2 AK SNOWSHOE 3 snowshoers caught, 2 buried and killed
2002-03-28 S.Fork Eagle River   AK SKI 1 caught, buried, and rescued ALIVE, wearing an avalanche transciever
2002-03-22 East Fork of Targhee Creek 1 ID SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed wearing a transciever.
2002-03-21 Jackson Peak, 6 miles east of Jackson, Wyoming 1 WY SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed
2002-03-18 Dogtooth Mountain Range, outside Kicking Horse Mtn. Resort 1 BC SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed.
2002-03-17 Pagoda Peak, 36 miles SW of Steamboat 1 CO SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught buried and kille
2002-03-16 East Face of Pioneer Peak 2 UT SNOWBOARD 3 snowboaders caught, 2 buried and killed
2002-03-16 South Canyon Creek area, North Fork of the Flathead 1 MT SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught and buried, 1 killed wearing an avalanche transciever
2002-03-15 Temptation Bowl to the East of the Telluride Ski Area 1 CO SNOWBOARD 2 out-of-area snowboarders caught, 1 seriously injured,and 1 presumed buried
2002-03-15 Banana Chutes, backcountry terrain by Big Mtn. Resort   MT SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and rescued alive
2002-03-14 East of the Lindley Hut, approximately 4 miles south of Ashcroft 1 CO SKI 5 backcountry skiers caught, 3 partly, buried, 2 injured, and 1 buried killed
2002-03-14 Strawberry Gulch, East of Aspen Mountain 1 CO SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed.
2002-03-12 Grove Creek, near Victor 1 ID SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught buried and killed
2002-03-09 Wasatch Plateau, located in Central Utah   UT SNOWMOBILE 2 seperate close calls in same area in 2 days
2002-03-08 Backside of Mount Judah, out of area @ Sugarbowl Resort 1 CA SNOWBOARD 1 skier and 2 snowboarders caught, 1 buried and killed
2002-03-03 Teton Pass   WY SKI 2 close calls on the same day
2002-02-24 Near Flat Top Mountain / Miner Basin in Northeast Mesa County 1 CO SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2002-02-23 Uinta Mountains, Currant Creek drainage, east of Heber   UT SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and injured
2002-02-22 HIGHWAY 2, West of Stevens Pass Ski Area   WA OTHER 1 automobile struck, carried, damaged, and partially buried
2002-02-18 American Fork Twins, backcountry terrain.   UT SKI Close call...1 patroller caught, carried, partially buried, and injured.
2002-02-16 Mt. Abundance, north of Cooke City 2 MT SNOWMOBILE 3 snowmobilers caught, 2 buried and killed
2002-02-10 Mountains near Revelstoke, BC 2 BC SKI 4 skiers caught, 2 injured, 2 buried and killed
2002-02-10 Jasper National Park 1 AB SNOWBOARD 1 snowboarder caught, buried, and killed wearing a transciever
2002-02-10 Mountians North of Whitefish Lake 1 MT SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler, caught, buried, and killed wearing a transceiver
2002-02-09 Eureka Peak area near Williams Lake 1 BC SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 snowmobiler buried and killed
2002-02-06 Near Crystal Peak 1 CO SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed wearing a transciever
2002-02-01 Just beyond the Aspen Highlands ski area boundary 1 CO SKI 1 skier caught, buried, and killed
2002-01-31 Lionhead, Near West Yellowstone   MT SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and rescued wearing a tranciever
2002-01-31 One drainage east of Stillman Creek, Uinta Mountains 1 UT SKI 1 skier, 1 dog caught, buried, and killed
2002-01-28 Mount Carlyle near Kaslo, 30 miles north of the Canadian border near Idaho. 3 BC SKI Three backcountry skiers caught and killed
2002-01-27 Miller Creek outside of Cooke City   MT SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 injured.
2002-01-26 Arasta Creek, Gravelly Mountain Range   MT SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and rescued wearing a transciever
2002-01-26 Sheep Mountain, near Bonner, MT 4 MT SNOWMOBILE 5 snowmobilers caught, 4 buried and killed. ALL wearing transcievers.
2002-01-25 Somewhere near Pemberton, BC 1 BC SKI 3 skiers caught and buried, 2 rescued, 1 killed
2002-01-24 Salt River Range, Bridger-Teton National Forest   WY SNOWMOBILE 2 snowmobilers caught, buried, and rescued
2002-01-21 Skyline Ridge near Stevens Pass   WA SKI Group of 5 skiers and boarders caught, 2 injured.
2002-01-21 Tunnel Creek, near Stevens Pass   WA SNOWBOARD 5 snowboarders caught, 1 with serious injuries.
2002-01-21 Crater Lake National Park   OR SKI 6 people caught in 2 different avalanches, 2 people buried and rescued
2002-01-14 Brewer Creek area, Purcell Mountains; 44 km southwest of Invermere 1 BC OTHER 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed...wearing a transciever
2002-01-12 Cony Mt., dividing Gulkana Glacier and Cantwell Glacier, Delta Range 2 AK SNOWMOBILE 3 snowmobilers, caught, one partially buried and rescued, and 2 killed
2002-01-12 Parker Ridge,near the Columbia Icefield 1 AB SKI 3 skiers caught, 2 fully buried, 2 rescued, 1 killed
2001-12-31 Thompson Lake, Flint Creek Range; 15 miles West of Deer Lodge 1 MT SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
2001-12-24 Mile 185 Parks Highway, southwest of Cantwell 1 AK SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed...wearing a transciever
2001-12-23 Swetmann Mine area of Chugach National Forest 1 AK SNOWMOBILE 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed...wearing a transciever
2001-12-11 Point Whitshed, west of Cordova 1 AK SNOWMOBILE 2 Snowmobilers caught, 1 buried and killed
2001-12-02 Alpine Meadows Resort   CA OTHER Close calls for mountain workers
2001-11-30 Black Lake region in Jewel Basin   MT SKI 1 skier caught, fully buried, rescued alive and uninjured!
2001-11-28 Rollins Pass near Boulder, Yankee Doodle Lake 1 CO SKI 2 backcountry skiers caught, 1 buried and killed
2001-11-24 Mt Rainier   WA SNOWBOARD !!! Amazing recovery!!! 1 snowboarder caught, completely buried
2001-11-14 Tuckerman Ravine, Center Headwall   NH SKI 3 caught, carried, and injured
2001-11-11 Hatcher Pass, Alaska 1 AK SNOWSHOE One snowshoer, caught, buried, and killed.
2001-10-13 Parkers Ridge, Near Jasper National Park   AB SKI Solo Skier caught, partially buried, very lucky