Avalanche Kills Member of Avalanche Awareness Class in Aspen

9news in Denver reports a man in an avalanche awareness class was killed when an avalanche hit the group outside of teh Aspen Highlands Ski Area in arrea known Five Fingers Bowl.


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Hiker Rides Avalanche on Utah's Mount Nebo for 1,000 Feet

The Sun Times reports Mark Thomas rode an avalanche feet first down Mount Nebo for 1,000 feet and survived with minor scratches.


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Guide Fatality Feared in Mount Huntington Avalanche in Denali NP

The Anchorage Daily News that the NPS has abandoned a search for Johnny Soderstrom, a guide for Alaska Mountaineering School in Talkeetna, who is feared to have died in an avalanche during a first winter attempt to climb 12,240-foot Mount Huntington in Denali National Park. His partner Reichert, 37, a Park Service mountaineering ranger survived. They were approaching the summit by the West Face Couloir route.


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5 Killed in Mount Menalos Avalanche in Greece

The BBC report British journalist Diana Seale and four Greek climbers from the Greek Mountaineering Club of Athens were killed in an avalanche in the southern Peloponnese mountains in Greece. They were with a group of 28 climbing Mount Menalos. The other 23 escaped with minor injuries. Reports say the avalanche is thought to have happened when the group was at 1,500m (4,920 ft) and on the way down the mountain.


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Fatal Mount Mansfield Avalanche During Extreme Skiing Filming

WCAX reports Alec Stall was killed while skiing off-trail during the filming an extreme-skiing movie on Mount Mansfield. Police said he was pushed by a small avalanche over a cliff after he reached the bottom of the hill he was skiing on.
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Urban Legend?: Man Pees His Way Out Of Avalanche in Slovak Tatra Mountains

Update Feburary 3, 2004:
This is being discussed in our Forum and it was reported to Snopes to see if it is an urban legend. Snopes still calls it “undertermined” but notes there earlier was Czech story along the same lines that was mailed across Europe. A Slovak News Agency has never heard the story.
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At Least 4 Killed in Austria Avalanches

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports an avalanche at St. Anton in Austri killed 3 at St. Anton in Austria. The avalanche, whose width was estimated as roughly equal to the length of three football fields laid end to end, struck at an elevation of about 7,550 feet in an off-trail area popular with thrill-seekers looking for deep powder. A second, even larger avalanche later Saturday struck a party of five Germans snowboarding in the Gargellen region of the southwestern province of Vorarlberg, killing one and critically injuring two others


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Avalanche Near Canyons Ski Resort at Park City, Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News report 3 to 5 people were killed in an avalanche near the Canyons Ski Resort at Park City, Utah. The avalanche broke near a ridgeline above Dutch’s Draw. The avalanche was 500 yards wide at the top and half a mile long and about 30 feet deep at its toe, or stopping point


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Avalanche Kills Teen on Las Vegas Ski Resort Chairlift

The Las Vegas Review Journal a 13-year-old snowboarder on a chairlift was killed in an avalanche at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort at Mount Charleston’s Lee Canyon.. The avalanche followed a two-week period that saw an estimated 78 inches of snow fall on the mountain as heavy storms have buffeted the southern California and the Sierras. Locals say this is the worst or second worst storms in memory. Avalanche warnings had earlier been issued for the resort. In February 2004, four skiers were caught in an avalanche at the resort. Three were skiing out-of-bounds, and another man was skiing in an area known as Slot Alley, a side trail for experts. All survived.


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