Avalanche http://nwpr.org en Avalanche Death In Idaho Highlights Unstable Conditions In Backcountry http://nwpr.org/post/avalanche-death-idaho-highlights-unstable-conditions-backcountry <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The avalanche center in Idaho's Sun Valley area is urging people to consider cancelling their plans in the backcountry. A </span>snowmobiler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> died on Sunday when he was buried in an avalanche in the </span>Sawtooth<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mountains. George Gilbert Martin, </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., of Bellevue, Idaho, was 64 years old. Lesley Dianne Martin managed to survive for 90 minutes under the snow before being rescued and transported to the hospital.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:46:32 +0000 Jessica Robinson 41602 at http://nwpr.org Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk http://nwpr.org/post/snow-mountains-comes-heightened-avalanche-risk <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/021114JR_SnowDump_update.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Baker County Sheriff in eastern Oregon says two cross-country skiers died Tuesday in an avalanche in the southern Wallowa Mountains. Two others were seriously injured.&#160;</span><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:44:06 +0000 Jessica Robinson 41316 at http://nwpr.org Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk Ski Industry Veterans Are Trying to Keep People Safe In the Back Country http://nwpr.org/post/ski-industry-veterans-are-trying-keep-people-safe-back-country <p>The holiday season is upon us. And along with that comes ski season. Snow is falling in the Cascades. Wednesday is opening day at Crystal Mountain and Mount Baker. Tuesday Stevens Pass opened.</p><p>But giddy enthusiasm from skiers and snowboarders’ throughout the region is overshadowed by an accident at Stevens Pass last February. It was big.</p><p>News Report: “We’re gonna begin with those deadly avalanches. A deadly avalanche near Stevens Pass /We are gonna begin with the breaking news: that deadly avalanche in Washington state.”</p><p>Three people were killed that day.</p><p>Now, as KUOW’s Sara Lerner reports, ski industry veterans are trying to come up with new ways to keep people safe in the back country. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:35:13 +0000 Sara Lerner 18724 at http://nwpr.org Ski Industry Veterans Are Trying to Keep People Safe In the Back Country