Avalanche

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  Backcountry wilderness offers beauty. Solitude. Just you and nature.

“Skiing through a foot or two of powder — I have a hard time putting it into words. It’s mesmerizing. You’re weightless. Time stands still. In the mountains, the way snow catches light and the way wind whips through trees and over snow, it creates different textures and lines. It’s a super gorgeous experience,” Michael Hatch said.

The avalanche center in Idaho's Sun Valley area is urging people to consider cancelling their plans in the backcountry. A snowmobiler died on Sunday when he was buried in an avalanche in the Sawtooth Mountains. George Gilbert Martin, Jr., 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.

Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk

Feb 11, 2014

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. 

Photo by Derek Ramsey / Wikimedia Commons

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.

But giddy enthusiasm from skiers and snowboarders’ throughout the region is overshadowed by an accident at Stevens Pass last February. It was big.

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.”

Three people were killed that day.

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.