7 Dead in US Avalanches Since November

7 Dead in US Avalanches Since November

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December 23rd, 2000, 3:12 am #1

7 people have died since November in US avalanches. Experts are predicting an usually active season.
The victims ran the gamut: snowboard, snowmobilers, skiiers and hikers.

A lot of people are taking foolish risks.

Here are some links:
Avalanche's org's incident list for 2000-2001
http://www.avalanche.org/av-reports/index.html

Environmental News story on the danger
http://www.enn.com/news/enn-stories/200 ... _40898.asp

News Search on Avalanche
http://www.moreover.com/cgi-local/page? ... he+victims

A story about US550 south of Montrose, Colorado, being billed "the most dangerous highway in avalanche season:

http://www.montrosepress.com/news/stori ... 2001n.html
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December 30th, 2000, 11:03 pm #2

I have tried to cut down on the "Dead Bodies at 10" postings. Colorado which has the most avalanches in the country had been lucky there were no fatalities this season. That record is now broken.

Here's a couple of stories of interest.

Dec. 17, 2000 - Avalanche conditions in Colorado's mountains this weekend are the worst they have been in years.

Between 3 p.m. Friday and early Saturday afternoon, observers spotted 200 avalanches throughout Colorado - far above the 50 avalanches that usually accompany a vigorous storm system into the state.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/news1217b.htm

Dec. 30, 2000 - A 40-year-old snowboarder was buried Friday in a slide on Cameron Pass, becoming the state's first avalanche victim this season.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/news1230i.htm
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January 2nd, 2001, 4:32 pm #3

This article notes that now that it's easier to get to the backcountry, unprepared people are getting killed more often in avalanches.

http://www.denverpost.com/skisnow/ski0102.htm
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