Latest Avalanches News

In this handout photograph taken Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and provided by Jack Hagan, Drew Anderson is shown on the top of Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, Colo. The outdoors has become a great escape for people as the new cronoavirus creates a wave of turbulent times. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing heath problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Photo Courtesy of Jack Hagan via The AP)

Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Mar. 29, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

Jim Klug's office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It's a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and domestic expeditions due the coronavirus pandemic. The best way for him...

A man takes a photo of a sign advising that the Employment Development Department is closed due to coronavirus concerns, in San Francisco on Thursday, March 26, 2020. A record-high number of people applied for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs engulfed the United States in the face of a near-total economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

California swamped by jobless claims; LA virus cases rise

Mar. 26, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California hired retired state workers and transferred other employees to help process an avalanche of over 1 million unemployment claims amid a surge of job losses from the coronavirus pandemic, the state said Thursday. The announcement came as Los Angeles saw a 50% jump in newly...

In this, Hannah Lane, Tonya Eslami, Maureen Faris and Hannah Swett locate and probe a buried avalanche transceiver during the Jackson Hole Babe Force and Teton County Search and Rescue's

Women meet up for avalanche search practice in Jackson Hole

Mar. 21, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Three women postholed through the wet, slushy snow — isothermal snow if they were to be technical about it. And they were. They sank in, at times, up to their knees, holding their avalanche beacons in front of their bodies, tuned to search mode. They studied the numbers reading...

Idaho authorities identify skier killed by weekend avalanche

Mar. 16, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

INKOM, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in Idaho identified a skier who was killed in an avalanche near a ski area. Paul "Phil" Bregitzer, 60, of American Falls died in the avalanche near Pebble Creek Ski Area Sunday, Idaho State Journal reported. The avalanche occurred around 1 p.m. just outside the boundaries of...

Annual snow-clearing to begin on Washington State Route 20

Mar. 13, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Annual snow-clearing is scheduled to begin this month along a highway in northern Washington state, transportation officials said. The state Department of Transportation has announced crews will begin clearing a section of State Route 20 on March 23, the Skagit Valley Herald...

Snowboarder dies in avalanche at Alaska's Hatcher Pass

Mar. 10, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 17-year-old snowboarder has died in an avalanche north of Anchorage. Troopers said Tuesday the male became stuck in a creek drainage after he got caught by the avalanche while snowboarding and buried. The incident happened Monday at Hatcher Pass. ...

6 killed in Alpine avalanches in Austria

Mar. 8, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Six people were killed in two separate avalanches in the Austrian Alps on Sunday, Austrian authorities said. Five snowshoers who were hiking in central Austria were hit by one avalanche at about 9:30 a.m., Austria's APA news agency reported. Several people witnessed the avalanche and...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Brock Crouch finishes his second run of the men's snowboard slopestyle elimination on day one of X Games Aspen at Buttermilk Ski Area in Aspen, Colo. Snowboarder Brock Crouch was swept away in an avalanche two years ago and buried under the snow for five minutes. He broke his back, tore his pancreas, knocked out five teeth and suffered a concussion. Crouch now has a tattoo on his left shoulder of the mountain range that nearly took his life. He also has a new recurring dream of making the U.S. slopestyle squad for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. (Liz Copan/Summit Daily News via AP, File)

Buried in avalanche, snowboarder recovers and eyes Olympics

Mar. 5, 2020 2:25 AM EST

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — A recurring dream frequently woke snowboarder Brock Crouch: Buried alive and unable to move. He couldn't shake that nightmare for nearly two months. Even more, certain sounds — like someone cracking their back — caused flashbacks to that day nearly two years ago when he...

This Feb. 28, 2020 photo shows snow filling the cab of a Montana State Parks PistenBully 100 snow groomer, hours after it was swept about 165 feet downhill when it was struck by an avalanche. The driver, Daniel Kristensen of Belgrade, Mont., was not injured. He had been grooming snowmobile trails for the Gallatin Valley Snowmobile Association on Feb. 27 when the slide pushed him off an old logging road. (Doug Chabot/Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center via AP)

Snowmobile trailer groomer survives avalanche near Bozeman

Mar. 4, 2020 1:32 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — When Daniel Kristensen felt the back of the 11,000-pound snow groomer he was driving slide toward the edge of the old logging road he knew he was in trouble. He’s not sure whether he saw the avalanche that struck the machine or he heard it, but the force of the snow hurtling...

Man on snowmobile dies in Unalaska Island avalanche

Feb. 26, 2020 11:46 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man riding a snowmobile died when he hit by an avalanche outside the Aleutian Islands community of Unalaska. Trey Henning, 21, died early Tuesday evening, KTUU-television reported. The Unalaska Public Safety Dispatch Center at around 5:30 p.m. received a call for assistance. The...