Avalanche Accidents and Near-Miss Incidents in Alaska

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-8-50-54-amAlaska has a high rate of avalanche fatalities per capita. As backcountry recreation has increased, the number of avalanche accidents has also increased. The list below has been compiled from the American Avalanche AssociationColorado Avalanche Information Center,  Alaska Outdoor Fatalities website, and Snowy Torrents.

Please see the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s site for a listing of charts and graphs organized by state, activity, user group, age, and burial depths of documented accidents in the United States. More Info Here

If you have a close-call or accident, please report it to your local avalanche center so others may learn from your situation.  If you wish to keep the details unpublished, we respect that, please still let us know. The conditions that caused your close-call could kill someone else.


 

2017-2018 season: 1 FATALITY IN ALASKA

2016-2017 season: 2 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2015-2016 season: 6 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

  • 20160411 Summit Lake, near Gulkana Glacier, 1 snowmobiler caught, buried and killed Read More
  • 20160403 Summit Lake, Eastern Alaska Range, Courage Mountain, 1 Snowmobiler killed Read More
  • 20160227 Glennallen, Chugach Mountains, near Nelchina Glacier, 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 killed Read more
  • 20160116 Hatcher Pass <here>
  • 20160102 Willow side of Hatcher Pass snowmachine fatality. ADN article.
  • 20151129 Summit Lake area full burial survivor <here>
  • 20151122 Hatcher Pass solo skier fatality  <here>
  • 20151114 Summit Lake area full burial survivor
  • 20151107 O’Malley Peak near-miss
  • 20151106 Hatch Peak partial burial near-miss

2014-2015 season: 3 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2013-2014 season: 1 FATALITY IN ALASKA

2012-2013 season: 1 FATALITY IN ALASKA

2011-2012 season: 6 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2010-2011 season: 6 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2009-2010 season: 5 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2008-2009 season: 2 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2007-2008 season: 4 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2006-2007 season: 2 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2005-2006 season: 4 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2004-2005 season: 1 FATALITY IN ALASKA

2003-2004 season: 3 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2002-2003 season: 4 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2001-2002 season: 11 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2000-2001 season: 4 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

1999-2000 season: 5 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

1998-1999 season: 12 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

The following are older incomplete records:

1997-1998 season:

1996-1997 season:

  • 1996 Alaska Range, 3 climber fatalities

1996-1997 season:

1993-1994 season:

1992-1993 season:

1991-1992 season:

1990-1991 season:

1988-1989 season:

1984-1985 season:

1983-1984 season:

  • 198404 Eagle Peak, 1 ski fatality

1978-1979 season:

  • 19790509 Mt.Hunter, 1 climber fatality

1977-1978 season:

  • 19780530 Mt.Foraker, 2 climber fatalities
  • 19780121 Taylor Pass near Turnagain, 4 skier fatalities

1976-1977 season:

  • 19770208 Valdez Oil Terminal, 1 equipment operator killed in roofslide
  • 19761212 Sheep Mountain, 1 snowshoe fatality

1974-1975 season:

  • 19750510 20 Mile River near Portage, 1 hunter fatality

1973-1974 season:

  • 19740201 Thane Road MP 3, Juneau, 1 equipment operator fatality. Unknown equipment operator killed clearing avalanche debris by a secondary avalanche

1951-1952 season:

  • 19520509 Bird Hill on Seward Highway, 1 traveler fatality

1919-1920 season:

  • 19200428 Alaska Railroad Mile 76 Turnagain Arm, 3 worker fatalities