Avalanche

Avalanche
5:46 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Avalanche Death In Idaho Highlights Unstable Conditions In Backcountry

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.

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Avalanche Risk
5:44 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk

A skier is nearly caught in an avalanche in central Oregon.
Kevin Grove

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:46 pm

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. 

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Skiing Safety
6:35 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Ski Industry Veterans Are Trying to Keep People Safe In the Back Country

Stevens Pass was the site of a fatal accident earlier last February.
Credit 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.

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