Following an avalanche fatality or a serious avalanche incident, NWAC will post a short summary below. Our goal is to post a full report within 3 weeks of the incident. NWAC will investigate non-fatal incidents as time and staff resources allow. Read more about NWAC’s incident reporting policy . Visit www.avalanche.org to view the national avalanche accident database. 

2019/2020

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
2/17/20Mt. Herman, Mt. Baker area, WAOne skier in a party of three triggered and was caught and carried by a slab avalanche that released on a SE aspect around 5500′ in an area of Mt. Herman known as East Gully above Bagley Lakes. The skier was carried up to 100′ downhill before hitting and being pinned against a tree. He was able to free his left arm and immediately cleared his airway. His partners helped extract him. The skier suffered minor injuries but was fortunate enough to recover all of his gear and ski down unassisted.  Photo by reporting party – 2/17/20
2/16/20Skyline Ridge, Stevens Pass, WAThree skiers on Skyline Ridge above Skyline Lake triggered a large avalanche. They reported a large collapse just before the avalanche released above them. All three party members were caught and two were fully buried. The two fully buried skiers were able to clear their airways. The third member was buried up to his shoulders with one arm free, and was able to self rescue. No serious injuries were reported. The slab avalanche was 2-3 ft deep and occurred on a southeast aspect at approximately 5,400 ft.  Photo by reporting party – 2/16/20
2/8/20Mt. Baker, WAA skier was fully buried in an avalanche that occurred adjacent to the Mt. Baker Ski Area. The avalanche was triggered by a traveler from a different party. Mt. Baker Ski Patrol was on the scene immediately, located the victim quickly, dug them out, and cleared their airway. The individual survived and reported no injuries. The slab avalanche was 1 ft deep and at its widest point broke 500 feet across the slope.  Photo courtesy Mt. Baker Ski Patrol – 2/8/2020
1/23/20Hwy 97, near Blewett Pass, Chelan Co, WADuring the afternoon of January 23, 2020 one person was buried and killed by an avalanche that released from the roof of a home located north of Blewett Pass near Hwy 97. The elevation was approximately 1,700ft above sea level. She was found underneath 4 to 5 ft of debris. She was discovered and excavated some time after the accident and CPR was performed. Additional emergency response arrived within 15 minutes but they were unable to revive her.Accident Report 1/23/2020
1/11/20Elkhorn Mountains, Baker Co., OR                
A 33 year old snowmobile rider suffered fatal injuries as a result of an avalanche in the Elkhorn Mountains. The man was part of a group of 4 riders when the accident occurred in the Rock Creek drainage. None of the other riders were injured. The Wallowa Avalanche Center in conjunction with the USFS National Avalanche Center will gather information and produce a final report.     

2018/2019

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
4/14/19Aasgard Pass above Colchuck Lake, Stuart Range, WAOne skier in a party of four triggered and was caught in an avalanche while descending from Aasgard Pass during a clockwise traverse of the Enchantments. The wind slab avalanche had a crown estimated at 3”-6” deep and approximately 50’ wide. It started at approximately 6,940 ft on a northwest aspect at 11 am. The skier was carried over a rock bulge down to 6,300 ft and ended up on top of the debris. The skier injured her knees in the slide and was carried down to Colchuck Lake by the group. They used an InReach to message for help. The skier was flown out via Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter at 4 pm.Chelan County Sheriff’s Office report
4/13/19Goat Mt. – West, Swamp Creek drainage, North Cascades, WAOne skier in a party of three triggered and was caught in two separate avalanches near the summit of Goat Mt – West after ascending via the summer trail. Poor visibility on the summit ridge led to the skier accidently stepping off a 20 ft cornice. His fall triggered a 1′ deep avalanche that carried him 200 ft before he self-arrested. He tried to regain the summit ridge by climbing to a low point in the cornice-line. As he traversed off the bed surface he triggered a second avalanche that carried him into the main SW facing gully and an est. ~1200 vertical ft. Both avalanches had wind slab characteristics and the second and larger avalanche was est. 3’+ deep and 50’ wide. Remarkably, he was able to stay on top of the 2nd avalanche and came to a rest uninjured. The involved skier was in cell phone contact with his partners and Whatcom Co. Sheriff/SAR. He lost his skis and poles but walked out Swamp Creek to Twin Lakes Rd/Hwy 542 where his partners were waiting.
2/16/19Cowboy Mountain, Stevens Pass, WATwo snowboarders left the Stevens Pass Ski Area by dropping south off of Cowboy Ridge.  Partway downslope they realized they had inadvertently left the ski area. While bootpacking back to the ridge, they triggered a large avalanche (SS-AFu-R3-D2) – 5,400 ft, SE aspect, 40 deg slope. The avalanche broke 150 ft wide with an average  crown depth of 27” and caught and carried the pair 400 vertical ft. The avalanche released on a weak layer of facets over a crust. Both snowboarders were partially buried; one up to his head, the other to his waist but they were able to self-rescue without injuries. One snowboard was lost. They hiked up the avalanche bed surface to re-enter the ski area. All photos provided by Stevens Pass Patrol.
1/19/19Cutthroat Drainage, Washington Pass area, North Cascades, WATwo skiers in a guided group of five were caught in an avalanche while approaching First Bowl. The natural avalanche failed within new snow (SS-N-R3-D2) as spaced out members of the group traversed an avalanche path at 5800 ft. Skier one and two were caught and carried by the avalanche. Skier one became wrapped around a tree and was partially buried (critical). He sustained back and rib injuries. Skier two was partially buried (not-critical: head was exposed) and sustained minor bruising. During the rescue, skier one’s airway was cleared and the group helped extricate him. Skier two was unable to locate his skis.Cutthroat Incident 01-19-19
12/31/18Delancey Ridge, Hwy 20 east of Washington Pass, WAThe first skier in a group of three triggered and was caught and carried 100 vertical ft by a slab avalanche. The skier arrested on top of the debris, was uninjured but did have to locate some lost equipment. The avalanche crown was estimated to be 18-20″ deep, releasing on a south aspect at 6150 ft. The avalanche in total ran about 200 vertical ft and was 150 ft wide. The toe of the debris was estimated to have stopped about 100 ft from another party also touring in the area.
12/30/18Portly Bowl, Washington Pass area, WAThe first skier in a group of five triggered a large slab avalanche while traversing across the slope with climbing skins. He was caught and briefly carried downslope before becoming entangled in a larch tree. He was partially buried near the snow surface and able to self-extricate quickly. He was not injured but had to locate some equipment lost during the avalanche. The avalanche (SS-ASu-R2-D2-I) released around 6500′ on an E aspect, breaking widely across terrain features and running about 400 vertical ft. The avalanche failed on a layer of recently buried surface hoar, releasing 75 ft above the skier and triggered from relatively lower angled terrain.Portly Basin Incident 12-30-18
12/18/18Crystal Mt. Ski Area, WAA very large avalanche was triggered by a single small explosive at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort. The avalanche failed on a buried persistent weak layer, took out several adjacent avalanche paths, and ran full track to the valley floor. A ski patroller was caught and carried, deploying his airbag during the avalanche. He survived with minor injuries despite the huge size of the avalanche. The avalanche (SS-AE-R4-D4-O) occurred on a N aspect at 6600′.
12/17/18Bullion Basin, Crystal Mt. backcountry, WAA splitboarder, the first rider in a group of three, triggered and was caught in a 2′ deep slab avalanche that carried him several hundred vertical feet. He was partially buried (not-critical) up to his thighs. Another party in the area helped dig him out and was uninjured. The avalanche released above 6000 ft on a NW aspect of Bullion Peak. A personal narrative with photos can be found at: http://www.whereiskylemiller.com/avalanche/

2017/2018

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
3/10/18Park Butte, SW of Mt. Baker, WAA single snowmobiler triggered and was caught, carried and killed in a large slab avalanche on Park Butte in the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area. The avalanche (HS-AMu-R3-D3-O) was triggered just below the summit on a NE aspect near 5400′. The victim was carried 1000′ through a gully and sparse trees. The avalanche was 200 ft (60 m) wide and averaged 4′ deep (1.2m). It failed on a 2 cm thick layer of facets above a firm rain crust.Park Butte Fatality 3-10-18
3/4/18Point 7054 near Setting Sun Mt, north of the Methow Valley, WAOne splitboarder traveling in a party of 4 was killed in a slab avalanche that released off a sub-peak of Setting Sun Mountain near Mazama, WA. The slide released on a WNW aspect at 6900 ft and ran 800 vertical feet. The avalanche (HS-ARu-R4-D2.5-O) had an average crown depth of 28” (70 cm) and was approximately 230ft (70m) wide, breaking trees that were up to 6” in diameter. The avalanche failed on facets over a thin crust and stepped down to deeper layers. Point 7054 near Setting Sun Fatality 3-4-18
3/3/181/2 mile south of Longs Pass, North Fork Teanaway, WAFour snowmobilers were involved in an avalanche accident just south of Longs Pass near Esmerelda Peak. All four were caught and carried with two riders killed in the avalanche. The slab avalanche failed on facets (2/13) found just above a crust. The large avalanche (HS-AMu-R2.5-D2-O) was approximately 450-500 feet wide, 2.5-3 feet deep (~1 m) and traveled 1500 vertical feet. It occurred on a W-SW slope at about 6100 ft. Near Longs Pass Fatalities 3-3-18
2/25/18Source Lake-Snow Lake Divide, Alpental Valley, Snoqualmie Pass area, WA Two teenagers were killed by a slab avalanche that released on a south aspect at 4250 ft in the Alpental Valley. The avalanche initiated just below ridgecrest at the final steep switchbacks of the summer trail to Snow Lake Divide, NE of Source Lake. The avalanche was estimated at 350 ft wide and ran 500 vertical ft into mature timber with crown depths up to 36″ (85 cm). The failure interface was a layer of small facets above a thin melt-freeze crust that was buried by storm snow on 2/23 (SS-U-R3-D2.5-I). Snow Lake Divide Fatalities 2-25-18
2/25/18Cottonwood Lake, Snoqualmie Pass area, WAOne snowmobiler was caught, carried and killed by a slab avalanche that released above Cottonwood Lake. The area is accessed by groomed trails from the Crystal Springs Sno-Park located east of Snoqualmie Pass. The avalanche released on a SSE aspect at 4680 ft, had an average depth of 16″ (40 cm) with a maxiumum depth of 28″ (70 cm), was 450 ft wide and ran 580 vertical feet (SS-AVu-R3-D2-I). The avalanche failed on the interface between old snow (buried 2/23) and new snow. Avalanche debris was up to 6 ft (2m) deep. The other 4 members in the party of 5 suffered minor injuries and were partially buried by the avalanche with one partial critical burial.  Cottonwood Lake Fatality 2-25-18
2/18/18Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass area, WA A snowboarder triggered a slab avalanche adjacent to the Alpental Ski Area (SS-AR-R3-D2-I) on a NE aspect. He was caught, carried and partially buried at the surface with his board and lower legs buried. The avalanche extended from the normal path and ran into the resort in an area known as Powder Bowl. The avalanche hit a ski patroller and his avalanche dog conducting training. The dog was caught and carried, though neither the patroller nor dog were injured or buried. The snowboarder was rescued by Alpental Ski Patrol and transported to a medical facility. He was quickly released from care but sustained injuries needing additional treatment.
1/24/18God’s Wall, Mt. Hood Meadows, ORA professional ski patroller was caught, carried, and partially buried in a slab avalanche he triggered while on duty in a closed area of the Mt. Hood Meadows ski area (SS-AS-R2-D2-I). The avalanche ran approximately 600 ft on the old/new snow interface. The bed surface was the firm 1/18 crust. Resources were dispatched immediately and the victim extricated after some difficulty due to low snow and open creeks. He was transported via ambulance to advanced care and was later discharged to recover from his injuries.

2016/2017

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
4/11/17Red Mt., Commonweatlh Basin, Snoqualmie Pass area, WAThe body of a male skier was recovered in Commonwealth Basin on the SW side of Red Mountain by local SAR during the evening of April 11th. The skier was traveling solo with his skis on his pack when he was caught by an avalanche. He was recovered on a treed slope and died of blunt force trauma.  Red Mountain Fatality 4-11-17
3/10/17Hurricane Ridge area, Olympic NP, WAA snowboarder in a party of two triggered a cornice failure onto a NE facing slope. He had been descending a southeast-trending ridgeline adjacent to the Hurricane Ridge Road at 5300 ft when the cornice failed (6-7 ft deep/15 ft wide). The cornice fall triggered a slab avalanche that ran down the NE slope for about 150-200 ft. The rider initially impacted the exposed steeply-sloping rock and dirt on the edge of the ridgeline before sliding down onto the slope below, moving with, but staying on top of the avalanche for half its path length before coming to a rest. He self-evacuated with only minor impact-related injuries.Olympic Cornice Failure 3-10-17
3/5/17East of Stevens Pass, Central Cascades, WAA skier in a party of 3 triggered a 3-4 foot slab on an east-facing slope around 5600 feet near ridgeline, approximately 2 miles east of Stevens Pass at 3PM. The skiers cut under a roll feature and the third skier triggered a slide which caught him from above. The skier was partially buried (critical). His airways were cleared in 3 minutes and 30 seconds during companion rescue. There were no injuries.
3/4/17Mt. Herman, Mt. Baker area, WAWidespread 1-2 ft storm slabs and larger 3-5 ft wind slabs were reported in the backcountry near Mt Baker on Saturday, March 4th. An incident occurred on Mt Herman when a large wind slab on an east aspect was triggered from a party above, partially burying two and completely burying one in a separate party at the base of the slide path. The impacted party was transitioning back to climbing skins when they were caught in the avalanche. 
3/4/17Avalanche Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass area, WAA skier in a party of 3 triggered a slab avalanche near the summit of Avalanche Mountain (Snow Lake area) on a 38-40 degree west-facing aspect near 5200 ft. The first skier made a few turns and got to a safe place. The second skier triggered the slab and was carried approximately 300 vertical feet down slope until he hit a tree, breaking his femur. The crown was 40 cm (16 in) and the width of the slide was 20 meters (65 ft).Avalanche Mountain Incident 3-4-17
3/4/17Cedar Creek Drainage, Washington Pass area, North Cascades, WAA guided group was heli-skiing when the victim triggered a large soft slab in the Cedar Creek Drainage toward the end of the day. The slope broke above the guide, who skied the slope first, sweeping him downward. The clients searched and rescued the victim who was fully buried (critical) and sustained a head injury. The avalanche was 100 meters wide with a crown depth of 60-80 cm and ran approx. 200 vertical meters. Cedar Creek Amy’s NCH Incident Report
3/4/17Hawkins Mt., Central Cascades, WATwo snowmobilers were caught and carried in an avalanche in a SE-facing bowl on Hawkins Mountain after one snowmobiler in the party high-marked near the top of the bowl and triggered the slide. A separate party of two resting in the run-out below were able to escape on foot but their sleds were caught and buried. Regarding the two snowmobilers caught, one was partially buried (critical) with only his hand sticking out (enabling rescue) and the other was a complete burial and died. Additional snowmobile parties arrived on scene to aid in the recovery effort. The victim was located and extricated after 40 minutes. Hawkins Mountain Fatality 3-4-17
2/28/17Washington Pass area, North Cascades, WAA party of four skiing at Washington Pass near the highway hairpin were hit by an avalanche triggered by a natural cornice release onto a NE aspect near Early Winters Spires. Four skiers were caught and carried up to 1000 ft downslope. There was one partial burial (non-critical) and some minor injuries suffered. The cornice release occurred above a cliff band at the top of a northeast facing bowl at about 7500 ft.
2/25/17Fly Couloir, Lane Peak, Mt. Rainier NP, WAA large loose dry avalanche (estimated) released naturally in the Fly Couloir in the Tatoosh Range across from Paradise in MRNP and caught 5 out of 6 people ascending lower down in the path. There were 4 skiers in the first group with two climbers behind them. 4 people were partially buried (not-critical) and 1 person was completely buried. All were able to quickly self-rescue. There were some minor injuries. Lane Peak Incident 2-25-17
2/20/17Table Mt, Mt. Baker area, WAThe lead skier in a party of four triggered a D1.5 storm slab descending the north aspect of Table Mt. at 5000′. Skier was caught and carried a few hundred feet down slope and sustained minor injuries. The other members of the party were able to assist skier off slope and back to ski area boundary. 
2/9/17Lake Wenatchee, WAA natural avalanche releasing off the south side of Dirty Face Mountain hit a home on the north shore of L. Wenatchee, damaging a garage door. A local news article and supporting area weather and snowpack data is included in the report.  Lake Wenatchee House Incident 2-9-17
2/5/17Bullion Basin, Crystal Mt area, WASkier triggered and was caught in a storm slab avalanche below Ted’s Buttress. The skier was partially buried (non-critical) and suffered minor injures. The other two skiers in the party were able to dig out the victim after about 10 minutes. Bullion Basin Incident 2-5-17
1/4/17Pickhandle Basin, Crystal Mt area, WAA solo skier (NWAC Professional Observer) triggered a hard wind slab avalanche approaching the SW ridge of Crown Point in the near treeline elevation band, nearly directly in-line with the summit of Crown Point on the west face at 6000 ft. The skier was caught and carried 240 vertical ft but was not buried. He suffered some minor injuies from hitting trees. Pickhandle Basin Incident 1-4-17
1/4/17Silver Basin, Crystal Mt area, WASolo skier likely triggered and was killed by a hard wind slab avalanche outside the ski area on 1/4/17. The skier was discovered by Crystal Mt. ski patrol the morning of 1/5/17. Crystal Mt. ski patrol and NWAC visited the incident site on 1/6/17 as part of the investigation. Crystal Mt. Silver Basin Fatality 1-4-17
12/27/16White Pass area, South Cascades, WA Solo skier triggered and killed in soft slab avalanche about 1 mile west of the White Pass ski area. White Pass Fatality 12-27-16

2015/2016

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
3/22/16Mt. Bailey, central OregonFrom Cat Ski Mt Bailey regarding the death of their lead guide: “While performing avalanche control he was caught in a slide and struck a tree, sustaining fatal injuries.” CAIC Report
3/8/16Chief Joseph Peak, Wallowa Mtns, northeast Oregon1 skier partially buried and killed by cornice fall. The cornice was unintentionally triggered and the skier was carried 1150 feet down the Central Couloir, a NE facing chute on Chief Joseph Peak. Chief Joseph Peak Fatality 3-8-16
2/6/16East Peak, Ted’s Buttress, Crystal Mt area, WA2 skiers caught and carried in a triggered wind slab avalanche and became partially buried. One skier was able to self-extricate and help the other skier dig out. Both skiers sustained injuries, one set of injuries were serious. East Peak Incident 2-6-16
1/25/16Lake Marion, Mission Ridge area, WASnowmobile burial and airbag deployed for at least one rider on a short slope that slid above a terrain trap. Unclear if there were any injuries. Buried PWL (SH buried Jan 11th) was reactive in the area and public and professional observations noted widespread persistent slab avalanche activity on the interface over the preceding week.
1/24/16Mt. Herman, Mt. Baker area, WA2 skiers caught, 1 seriously injured and 1 killed by a wet slab (glide) avalancheMt. Herman Fatality 1-24-16
12/31/15Granite Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass area, WA1 snowshoer caught by a small windslab avalanche and carried into the trees and died of trauma injuries. Granite Mountain Fatality 12-31-15
12/19/15Kendall Peak, Commonweatlh Basin, Snoqualmie Pass area, WA1 probable avalanche fatality. The terrain in which the victim was found, his body position, information from the coroner’s report, and documented human and natural avalanches in the immediate and surrounding terrain all support the likelihood of an avalanche fatality. Kendall Peak Fatality 12-19-15
12/17/15Alpental Valley, Snoqualmie Pass area, WA2 skiers caught, 1 fully buried and the other partially buried in two separate human triggered soft slab avalanches. Both were able to self rescue and ski out. 1 skier tweaked his knee. 1 skier lost several pieces of gear. See skier narrative for more details. Alpental Valley Incident 12-17-15
12/6/15Corona Bowl (closed backside of ski area), Stevens Pass, WA  1 skier caught and fully buried. Other skier in party was able to rescue buried skier. No injuries. Corona Bowl Incident 12-6-15

2014/2015

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
NoneNo serious avalanche accidents or fatalities reported to NWAC.

2013/2014

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
5/28/14 or 5/29/14Liberty Ridge, Mount Rainier NP, WA6 climbers, (4 clients, 2 guides) are estimated to have been killed when hit by an avalanche and swept from Liberty Ridge to the bottom of the Willis Wall, between late 5/28 and 5/29/14. Liberty Ridge Fatalities 5-28-14
5/14/14Mt. Shuskan, Mt. Baker area, north Cascades WATwo skiers in party, one caught by a natural avalanche while ascending on foot and carried several thousand feet, one fatality.Mt. Shuskan Fatality 5-14-14
4/28/14Crater Lake, central OregonSolo snowshoer presumed dead, involved in a cornice failure; body not recovered as of 5/27/14.Crater Lake, Oregon Fatality 4-28-14
4/27/14Slot Couloir, Snoqualmie Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass, WATwo skiers in party, one skier triggered and caught in avalanche, seriously injured.Slot Couloir, Snoqualmie Mt. 4-27-14
4/26/14SR 410 Chinook Pass, south-central Washington CascadesOne bulldozer driver caught and buried in his machine by a natural avalanche while clearing the road.  No injuries to the driver or damage to the vehicle.Chinook Pass Accident 4-24-14
3/30/14Paulina Peak, south of Bend, central ORThree snowmobilers, one snowmobiler triggered and caught, one fatality.Paulina Peak, Central OR Fatality 3-30-14
3/22/14Granite Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass, WATwo skiers in party, one skier triggered and caught in avalanche, one fatality Granite Mt Fatality 3-22-14
3/22/14NBC Couloir, Colchuck Peak, east slopes WA CascadesSolo climber, triggered and caught in avalanche, not buried but sustained serious injuries.Colchuck Peak Accident 3-22-14
3/17/14Little Zigzag Canyon, Mt. Hood ORTwo skiers, one caught, full burial, no injuries, partner rescue.Little Zigzag Canyon, Mt. Hood Accident 3-17-14
2/22/14Chair Peak, near Snoqualmie Pass, WAThree skiers caught by a deep slab and partially buried, but able to self rescue with no injuries.
2/11/14Osborne’s Chute, Stevens Pass, WAOne skier, one snowboarder triggered and caught in slide, both partially buried. Skier was able to self-rescue himself and then other rider. Both sustained injuries.Stevens Pass Accident 2-11-14
2/11/14Cornucopia Pk, Wallowa Mountains, OR,Eight skiers, five caught, one uninjured, two injured, two fatalities.Wallowa Fatalities 2-11-14
1/18/14Lewis Peak, Mountain Loop Hwy, north central WA CascadesTwo climbers, one climber involved with a cornice failure resulting in one fatality.Lewis Peak Fatality 1-18-14
1/4/14Chair Peak, near Snoqualmie Pass WAClimber triggered and caught in avalanche, partial burial but able to self-rescue.Chair Peak Accident 1-4-14

2012/2013

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
6/9/13Illumination Rock, Mt. Hood, ORTwo skiers caught,  one partially buried, no injuries.Illumination Rock 6-9-13
4/13/13Granite Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass, WA Three climbers caught, 1 fatality.Granite Mountain 4-13-13
4/13/13Red Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass, WAMultiple snowshoers caught, 1 fatality.Red Mountain 4-13-13
4/13/13Gemini, Stevens Pass Ski Area, WATwo snowboarders caught, one partly buried.Gemini 4-13-13
1/15/13Chair Peak, Snoqualmie Pass, WATwo climbers caught, one injured.Chair Peak 1-15-13
12/18/12Crystal Mt, south central WA CascadesThree skiers caught, one completely buried.I-5 Report 12-18-12
11/12/12Washington Pass, northern WA CascadesOne snowmobiler caught and partially buried.LB Slide 11-23-12

2011/2012

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
2/19/12Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass WATwo snowboarders caught, 1 fatality.WAC Bluff 2-19-12
2/19/12Tunnel Creek, Stevens Pass WAFour skiers caught, three buried and killed, one survived with air bag deployed.Tunnel Creek 2-19-12
2/19/12Union Creek Basin, near Crystal Mt, south-central WA CascadesThree skiers caught, two partially buried and one totally buried. Skiers were able to self extricate and self rescue,  no injuries.Union Creek 2-19-12
2/19/12Dogleg Peak, near Crystal Mt, south-central WA CascadesSolo skier caught and partially buried; able to self-extricate but suffered serious injuries.Dogleg 2-19-12
1/21/12Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass WA Three skiers caught and partially buried, all victims able to self-extricate with no injuries.A Humbling Lesson 1-21-12
1/1/12Scout Patrol Peak, Snoqualmie Pass area, WATwo snowshoers caught, suffered minor bruises.Scout Patrol Peak 1-1-12

2010/2011

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
4/6/11Mt Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass, WAParty of five caught with two seriously injured, one with minor injuries.Mt Snoqualmie Report 4-6-11
4/3/11Rooster Comb Ridge, Stevens Pass WATwo snowboarders caught by cornice collapse, which triggered a loose slide on the slope below. One not buried with arm injury, one partially buried and uninjured.Rooster Comb Cornice Incident 4-3-11
3/27/11Cowboy Mt/Tunnel Creek, Stevens Pass WAOne snowboarder caught, swept into tree band and fatally injured.Tunnel Creek 3-27-11
3/23/11Chair Peak, Snoqualmie Pass WAOne skier caught by hard wind slab, uninjured.Chair Peak 3-23-11
3/5/11Hooky Bowl near Mt Cashmere, east central WA CascadesOne skier in a group of five caught, carried through trees and fatally injured.Cashmere Mt 3-5-11
3/4/11Grouse Ridge, Mt Baker WAOne snowboarder caught; victim carried into trees, buried and seriously injured but rescued.Grouse Ridge Avalanche 3-4-11
2/29/11Private Reserve area,  Mt Hood Meadows OROne skier caught and buried with a hand and ski exposed; recovered within 5 minutes unharmed.Mt Hood Meadows Private Reserve 2-29-11
2/1/11Red Mt, Snoqualmie Pass WASolo skier triggered cornice collapse and was caught, buried and killed by subsequent fall and loose avalanche.Red Mtn 2-1-11
12/4/10Morning Star Peak, north-central WA CascadesOne hiker/climber caught, partially buried and killed; dog recovered alive.Morning Star Pk 12-4-10

2009/2010

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
6/5/10Ingraham Direct Route, Mt Rainier NP, WA11 climbers caught, 10 recovered, 1 still missing – presumed dead. Press Releases.
4/10/10Granite Mt, Snoqualmie Pass WASolo climber caught and buried, dialed 911 with cell phone and was rescued.  Only short incident form available.Granite Mt 4-10-10 short form
4/9/10Kendall Pk, Snoqualmie Pass WATwo skiers caught and partially buried, 1 slightly injured, 1 critically injured.Kendall Peak 4-9-10
4/3/10Mission Ridge, east central WA CascadesTwo snowboarders caught, two partially buried, 1 injury.Mission Ridge 4-3-10
3/13/10Mission Ridge, east central WA CascadesSkier triggered wind slab caught 2, partially burying one; no injuries.Mission Ridge 3-13-10
2/28/10Threeway Peak, Crystal Mt aea, south-central WA CascadesSolo skier caught by avalanche south of ski area boundary. Swept through trees and buried to neck. Able to call patrol via cell phone for rescue.Crystal Mountain 2-28-10
1/2/10Paulina Peak, central OR CascadesOne solo snowmobiler caught, buried and killed.Paulina Peak 1-2-10

2008/2009

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
3/7/09Aneroid Basin, Wallowas Mtns, NE OregonThree skiers caught, two totally buried and one partially buried. One fatality.Aneroid Basin 3-7-09
2/25/09Hogsback Mtn, White Pass WAOne skier caught and completely buried.  Partner rescued the buried skier.Hogsback Ridge 2-25-09
12/30/08Rockford, eastern WAResident caught, buried and killed by roof avalanche while shoveling walk and clearing roof.Rockford WA 12-30-08
12/28/08Tatie Peak, near Harts Pass, northern WA CascadesOne snowmobiler caught, buried and killed while high-marking.Harts Pass 12-28-08

2007/2008

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
2/7/08Kahler Glen near Lake Wenatchee  north central WA CascadesA large natural avalanche mostly destroyed a home in the Kahler Glen development just above the Kahler Glen Golf Course.Kahler Glen 2-7-08
1/4/08Lake Twenty-two trail near Mt Pilchuck, north-central WA CascadesEight hikers caught, partially buried one and completely buried three with one fatality.Lake 22 1-4-08
1/1/08Excelsior Pass below Church Mt, northern WA CascadesFive snowmobilers high marking triggered large slab. Five caught, one partially buried, two completely buried and killed.Excelsior Pass 1-1-08
12/18/07Edith Creek, Mt Rainier National Park, WATwo snowshoers departed on hike to Camp Muir on morning of 12/18/07. Encountering deteriorating weather conditions they turned around, with victim triggering slab near top of Edith Creek Basin. Victim caught and totally buried, found by probing on 12/21, under ~6-10 ft of snow.Mt Rainier Edith Creek 12-18-07
12/1/07 or 12/2/07Union Creek, Crystal Mtn south-central WA Cascades Three snowboarders departed on weekend trip 11/30/07. Reported missing on 12/2/07. Subsequent searches on ground/air found no evidence of the group. Official search abandoned 12/8/07. Final Search and Recovery effort concluded late June ’08 when the three missing snowboarders were found buried in avalanche debris in Union Creek.Union Creek 12-2-07
12/2/07Crystal Mt, south central WA CascadesTwo ski patrollers caught, 1 totally buried, 1 mostly buried and able to self extricate then rescue partner.Crystal Mountain 12-2-07
12/2/07Snow/Source Lake Trail, Snoqualmie Pass, WAThree hikers caught, 1 partly buried, injured & self rescued, 2 completely buried and killed.Source Lake 12-2-07

2006/2007

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
2/25/07Clark Canyon, Mt Hood Meadows ORTwo skiers caught, 1 partly buried & self rescued, 1 completely buried and rescued by companions.Clark Canyon 2-25-07
2/24/07Park Place, Mt Rainier WAOne skier caught, buried and killed.Park Place 2-24-07

2005/2006

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
4/18/06Mt Herman, near Mt Baker WAOne skier caught and killed in Stoneman’s chute.Mt Herman 4-18-06
3/19/06Tiffany Mt,  east northern WA CascadesTwo snowmobilers caught, one partly buried and injured, one buried and killed.Tiffany Mountain 3-19-06
1/16/06Terrible Traverse near Mt Hood ORThree skiers caught and partially buried.Terrible Traverse 1-15-06
11/8/05Mt Baker WAOne snowboarder caught and totally buried; found alive by rescuers.Mt. Baker 11-8-05
11/5/05Table Mountain near Mt Baker WAOne snowboarder caught and totally buried; found alive by rescuers.Table Mountain 11-5-05

2004/2005

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
1/12/05Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass WATwo skiers caught and buried/partially buried– one killed and one self rescued.Alpental 1-12-05
10/24/04Ingraham Glacier, Mt Rainier WATwo climbers caught and buried — one killed and one self rescued.Mt Rainier Ingraham Glacier 10-24-04

2003/2004

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
6/13/04Liberty Ridge, Mt Rainier WATwo climbers caught, buried and killed.Mt Rainier Liberty Ridge 6-13-04
4/26/04Mt Baker WASnowboarder caught and killed.Mt Baker 4-26-04
3/7/04Morse Creek, Crystal Mt, south-central WA CascadesTwo skiers partially buried, both self-rescued.Morse Creek Accident 3-7-04
3/5/04
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3/6/04
Crystal Springs near Stampede Pass and Salmon la Sac, central WA CascadesTwo separate snowmobiling accidents involving highmarking; one resulting in two injured and one resulting in a fatality.Snowmobile Accidents 3-5/6-04
1/31/04Lake Ann, Alpine Lakes, central WA CascadesTwo snowmobilers completely buried and rescued.Lake Ann 1-31-04
12/17/03Navajo Peak, Blewett Pass, east central WA CascadesOne snowmobiler caught, buried and killed.Blewett Pass 12-17-03
12/13/03Snoqualmie Pass WAOne snowshoer caught, buried and killed.  Victim found 12/20/03.Alpental Patrol Accident
12/12/03Mt Baker WA3 completely buried, 2 recovered alive (after ~24 hour burial), 1 fatality.Mt Baker 12-12-03

2002/2003

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
3/29/03Granite Mt, Snoqualmie Pass WAOne skier caught, partly buried, seriously injured.Granite Mountain 3-29-03
3/7/03Mt Hood Meadows OROne snowboarder caught, completely buried, and rescued alive.Mt Hood Meadows 3-7-03
1/12/03Golden Gate, Paradise, Mt Rainier WATwo snowshoers caught, partially buried and dug out.Golden Gate Trail 1-1-03
12/29/02Cement Basin, Crystal Mt, south central WA CascadesSeven caught, three partially buried, one totally buried, one fatality, one injured.Cement Basin 12-29-02

2001/2002

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
3/10/02Granite Mt, Snoqualmie Pass WAOne skier caught and buried, rescued by partner.Granite Mountain 3-10-02
1/27/02Gold Creek, Snoqualmie Pass WAOne snowshoer caught, buried and rescued by own dog.Gold Creek 1-27-02
1/24/02Source Lake, Snoqualmie Pass WATwo overnight campers caught while in tent, both self-rescued without major injuries.Source Lake 1-24-02
1/21/02Skyline Ridge, Stevens Pass WAFive skiers and snowboarders caught; four partial burials and one complete burial; two injuries.Skyline Ridge 1-21-02
1/20/02Tunnel Creek, Stevens Pass WAGroup of snowboarders caught and carried; one injured and evacuated.Tunnel Creek 1-24-02
11/24/01Paradise, Mt Rainier WATwo boarders, one caught and completely buried and rescued by partner.Mt Rainier Paradise 11-24-01

2000/2001

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
4/11/01Mt Baker WAOne snowmobiler caught, buried and killed.Mt Baker 4-11-01
2/17/01Lake Ann, Alpine Lakes, central WA Cascades One snowmobiler caught, buried and killed.Lake Ann 2-17-01
2/17/01Crystal Mt, south central WA CascadesOne skier caught, swept through trees, partially buried with serious injuries.Crystal Mtn Employee Housing
2/3/01Crystal Mt, south central WA CascadesOne ski patroller caught, swept through trees and partially buried, minor injuries.Crystal Mtn Kempers 2-3-01
1/30/01Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass WAOne patroller caught, totally buried and rescued.Alpental 1-30-01
1/29/01Twin Lakes, Stevens Pass area WATwo snowshoers caught, one partially buried, one buried and presumed dead.Twin Lakes 1-29-01

1999/2000

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
2/2/00Government Meadows, Central WA CascadesTwo snowmobilers caught and totally buried. One self-rescued, second rescued after 5 hours with injuries.Government Meadows 2-2-00
1/19/00Mt Herman, northern WA CascadesOne skier caught and partially buried, recovered by party members.  Victim was airlifted for serious injuries by Army rescue helicopter.Mt Herman 1-19-00
1/16/00East Peak, Crystal Mt, south central WA CascadesOne skier caught, partially buried and injured, rescued by ski area employee.East Peak Ted Buttress 1-16-00
1/16/00Crystal Mt, south central WA CascadesTwo skiers in closed ski area, one skier caught, completely buried and died.Crystal Mountain 1-16-00

1998/1999

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
2/14/99Shuksan Arm, Mt Baker WAOne snowboarder and one skier caught, buried and killed by large slab in Rumble Gully.Shuksan Arm 2-14-99
1998-1999 SummaryPacific Northwest Multiple Incidents.NW Accident Summary 1998-99

1997/1998

DateLocationIncident DescriptionReport
5/31/98Mt Hood, ORThree climbers on the West Crater Rim Route on the south side of Mt Hood were caught, two climbers were partially buried and seriously injured, one was totally buried and subsequently found dead.Mt Hood 5-31-98
1/18/98Lion Rock near Blewett Pass, central WA CascadesOne snowmobiler caught, buried and killed while highmarking.Blewett Pass 1-18-98