Monday, January 14, 2008

Avalanche deaths running high

As Dave noted below, 1 more Coloradan was killed in an avalanche over the weekend.

Another 3 people were killed in Wyoming, bringing to 21 the number of people killed in avalances in the West since Nov. 12. The national annual average for avalanche deaths is about 25.

35 people were killed nationwide in avalanches in the 2001-02 season, the most on record, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Before heading into the backcountry, experts advise you recognize the signs of avalanche danger and take a course -- or courses -- in avalanche survival. You can get regular updates on general danger at the Colorado Avalance Information Center. If you go to the Web site now, you'll see a good portion of our mountains are posted as "considerable" danger to avalanches.

You can look up classes at the site, too.

The Wyoming victims were snownmobilers. The Coloradan was a skier. Skiers also are said to have triggered 3 avalanches Saturday on Loveland Pass.

And 2 skiers were caught in but survived a slide Sunday near Cache Peak in the Gros Ventre Wildnerness in Wyoming. One suffered a broken leg.

1 comment:

Teleken said...

Wow! The slide near Vail Pass was one big sucker. Add to that it was triggered from 500 feet away! Chingow!!