Category Archives: Accidents

The White Death: An avalanche disaster from 1954 

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

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Beinn a’Bhuird – Buried 22 hrs (Scotland, 1964)

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.

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Wet Snow Avalanches And Rescue, Part 1

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

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Do You Feel Lucky?

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

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Running Out of Luck

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 [2008] while skiing with his close friend, Logan King, … Continue reading

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The First US Avalanche Death?

Where do you think and when was the first reported avalanche death in the United States (or territories before statehood)?

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Black Officer – White Death

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

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