Sixty years ago, in January 1954, devastating avalanches swept across Austria’s Vorarlberg state. In a 48-hour period 388 avalanches were observed. The aftermath was disastrous; 270 burials resulting in 125 deaths, 55 houses and hundreds of farm buildings were destroyed, … Continue reading
Forty-seven years ago today a remarkable story of avalanche survival occurred in Scotland’s Cairngorm mountains. Though the story did not end well for two hikers, one man survived a 22-hour burial. Yes, 22 hours under the snow.
In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. ~Mark Twain Spring also means a whole lot of changes for the snow and avalanche conditions, and spring can be … Continue reading
There are several dimensions of luck, and the diametrical differences can perhaps be best contrasted by the timeless words uttered by a fictitious police inspector and a 1st century (and very real) Roman philosopher. Oddly enough, both messages apply to … Continue reading
By: Doug Chabot, guest writer Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. —Vernon Sanders Law Tyler Stetson died in an avalanche on January 20th  while skiing with his close friend, Logan King, … Continue reading
Where do you think and when was the first reported avalanche death in the United States (or territories before statehood)?
Avalanches don’t care about one’s knowledge and skills, or one’s position in life, nor do avalanches care about holiday festivals. A death is usually mourned, but the death of the Black Officer in the Scottish Cairngorms in 1800, was thought … Continue reading