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.
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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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
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
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.