Latest Avalanches News

APNewsBreak: Nearly all states use drones for range of work

May. 20, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every...

4 German skiers die in avalanche in Switzerland

Apr. 28, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An avalanche in southern Switzerland has killed four German skiers, police said Sunday. Police in the canton (region) of Valais said the group was buried by the avalanche on Friday near the village of Fieschertal. Planes and rescue personnel started looking for the group after they were...

Parents say missing Austrian Alpine star 'lived his dream'

Apr. 19, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The parents of celebrated Austrian climber David Lama said Friday that he had "lived his dream," as hopes he and two other top climbers survived an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies faded. Lama, fellow Austrian Hansjörg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing in...

3 climbers presumed dead after Banff avalanche

Apr. 18, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

BANFF, Alberta (AP) — Three renowned mountain climbers are presumed dead after an avalanche in Alberta's Banff National Park, Canadian officials said Thursday. Outdoor apparel company The North Face said that American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer disappeared while attempting to...

Widows, ace guide to climb Everest to honor Sherpas

Apr. 18, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Five years after one of the deadliest disasters on Mount Everest, three people from Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community are preparing an ascent to raise awareness about the Nepalese mountain guides who make it possible for hundreds of foreign climbers to scale the mountain and survive....

Mount Washington avalanche danger increases after death

Apr. 12, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Authorities warned of increasing avalanche danger Friday a day after a skier died on the Northeast's highest mountain. Thursday's was one of at least four human-triggered avalanches on the mountain that day, and more were possible as slabs of snow formed by wind warmed up and...

1 person dies in Mount Washington avalanche

Apr. 11, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a person has died in an avalanche on the Northeast's highest mountain. WMUR-TV reports the avalanche happened Thursday at Tuckerman Ravine. That's a popular area for skiers and hikers on New Hampshire's Mount Washington. Col. Kevin Jordan of the state's State Fish and...

Norway avalanche kills 2 people in construction machines

Mar. 26, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian police say an avalanche in northern Norway has killed two people. Bent-Are Eilertsen, police spokesman for Norway's northern Nordland district, said the 200-meter-wide (660-foot) avalanche happened Tuesday on the southern tip of the Lofoten archipelago. Eilertsen said...

1 hiker killed, 1 injured after avalanche in Swiss Alps

Mar. 24, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss police say one hiker has died and another has been injured following an avalanche high in the Alps in southwest Switzerland. Police in the canton, or region, known as Valais in French and Wallis in German said the two hikers and two others were swept up in the Sunday morning avalanche...

1 killed, 1 injured in Austrian avalanche

Mar. 23, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and a second seriously injured after getting caught in an avalanche in Austria. Police told the Austrian news agency APA on Saturday that the two people were part of a group who were in the Rax mountain range in Austria, near the town of Reichenau, when...