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Northwest Avalanche Accident Summaries

2013 / 2014   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report
5/14/14 Mt. Shuskan, north Cascades WA Two skiers in party, one caught by a natural avalanche while ascending on foot and carried several thousand feet, one fatality.  Surviving climber and Dennis D'Amico (NWAC) Mt. Shuskan Fatality 5-14-14
4/28/14 Crater Lake, OR Solo snowshoer presumed dead, involved in a cornice failure; body not recovered as of 5/27/14 Media reports and published on CAIC site Crater Lake, Oregon Fatality 4-28-14
4/27/14 Slot Couloir, Snoqualmie Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass, WA Two skiers in party, one skier triggered and caught in avalanche, seriously injured Andy Hill (King County SAR) and Dennis D'Amico (NWAC) Slot Couloir, Snoqualmie Mt Accident 4-27-14
4/26/14 SR 410 Chinook Pass, south-central Washington Cascades One 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. John Stimberis (WSDOT)   
3/30/14 Paulina Peak, south of Bend, central OR Three snowmobilers, one snowmobiler triggered and caught, one fatality Mike Maurer, (Deschutes County SAR), published on CAIC site Paulina Peak, central OR Fatality 3-30-14
3/22/14 Granite Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass, WA Two skiers in party, one skier triggered and caught in avalanche, one fatality  Tighe Stoyanoff (WSDOT Snoqualmie Pass), Bram Thrift and Kevin Huggett (Alpental Ski Patrol and Dennis D'Amico (NWAC) Granite Mt Fatality 3-22-14
3/22/14 NBC Couloir, Colchuck Peak, east slopes WA Cascades Solo climber, triggered and caught in avalanche, not buried but sustained serious injuries  Jonathan Pobst (injured climber) and Dennis D'Amico (NWAC) Colchuck Peak Accident 3-22-14
3/17/14 Little Zigzag Canyon, Mt. Hood OR Two skiers, one caught, full burial, no injuries, partner rescue Ron Gillilan (buried skier) and Dennis D'Amico (NWAC) Little Zigzag Canyon, Mt. Hood Accident 3-17-14
2/22/14 Chair Peak, near Snoqualmie Pass, WA Three skiers caught by a deep slab and partially buried, but able to self rescue with no injuries    
2/11/14 Osborne's Chute, Stevens Pass, WA One 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 Dan Veenhuizen (Stevens Pass Ski Patrol) and Dennis D'Amico (NWAC) Stevens Pass Accident 2-11-14
2/11/14 2/11 Cornucopia Pk, Wallowa Mountains, OR, Eight skiers, five caught, one uninjured, two injured, two fatalities Max Forgensi, (Wallowa-Whitman National Forest), published on CAIC site Wallowa Fatalities 2-11-14
1/18/14

Lewis Peak, Mountain Loop Hwy, north central WA Cascades

Two climbers, one climber involved with a cornice failure resulting in one fatality Oyvind Henningsen (Everett Mountain Rescue), Dennis D'Amico (NWAC) and Dave Creeden (second climber)

Lewis Peak Fatality 1-18-14

1/4/14 Chair Peak, near Snoqualmie Pass WA  Climber triggered and caught in avalanche, partial burial but able to self-rescue Don Preiss (climber) and Garth Ferber (NWAC) Chair Peak Accident 1-4-14

 

 

2012 / 2013   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report
6/09/13

Illumination Rock, Mt. Hood, OR

Two skiers caught,  one partially buried, no injuries Patrick Buckley & Dennis D'Amico Illumination Rock 6-9-13.pdf
4/13/13                              Granite Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass, WA  Three climbers caught, 1 fatality  Garth Ferber & Dennis D'Amico Granite Mountain 13 Apr 2013.pdf
4/13/13 Red Mountain, near Snoqualmie Pass, WA Multiple snowshoers caught, 1 fatality Garth Ferber & Dennis D'Amico Red Mountain 13 Apr 2013.pdf
4/13/13 Gemini, Stevens Pass Ski Area, WA Two snowboarders caught, one partly buried Patty Morrison & Garth Ferber Gemini 13 Apr 2013 Report.pdf
1/15/13 Chair Peak, Snoqualmie Pass, WA Two climbers caught, one injured Chris Simmons & Garth Ferber Chair Peak 15 Jan 2013 Report.pdf
12/18/12 Crystal Mt, south central WA Cascades Three skiers caught, one completely buried Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol & Garth Ferber I-5 Report 18 Dec 2012.pdf
11/12/12 Washington Pass, northern WA Cascades One snowmobiler caught and partially buried Dennis D'Amico & others LB slide 11-23-12.pdf

 

2011 / 2012   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report
2/19/12

Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass WA 

Two snowboarders caught, 1 fatality      Aaron Opp and Mark Moore WAC Bluff 2-19-2012.pdf
2/19/12 Tunnel Creek, Stevens Pass WA Four skiers caught, three buried and killed, one survived with air bag deployed Patty Morrison and Jamie Owens and Mark Moore  Tunnel Creek 2-19-2012.pdf
2/19/12 Union Creek Basin, near Crystal Mt, south-central WA Cascades Three skiers caught, two partially buried and one totally buried. Skiers were able to self extricate and self rescue,  no injuries. Zeno Martin and Pamela Baker Union Creek 2-19-12.pdf
2/19/12 Dogleg Peak, near Crystal Mt, south-central WA Cascades Solo skier caught and partially buried; able to self-extricate but suffered serious injuries Chris Morin  Dogleg 2-19-12.pdf
1/21/12 Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass WA  Three skiers caught and partially buried, all victims able to self-extricate with no injuries Patrick Brewer   A Humbling Lesson 1-21-12.pdf
1/01/12 Scout Patrol Peak, Snoqualmie Pass area, WA Two snowshoers caught, suffered minor bruises

Brian Kraai, Craig Willis and Mark Moore 

Scout Patrol Peak 1-1-2012.pdf

 

2010 / 2011   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report
4/06/11

Mt Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Party of five caught with two seriously injured, one with minor injuries

Marcus Engley and Mark Moore

Mt Snoqualmie Report 4-6-11.pdf
4/03/11 Rooster Comb Ridge, Stevens Pass WA Two 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 Patty Morrison and Mark Moore Rooster Comb Cornice Incident.pdf
3/27/11 Cowboy Mt/Tunnel Creek, Stevens Pass WA One snowboarder caught, swept into tree band and fatally injured Patty Morrison and Mark Moore Tunnel Creek.pdf
3/23/11 Chair Peak, Snoqualmie Pass WA One skier caught by hard wind slab, uninjured Robert Hahn Chair Peak 3-23-11.pdf
3/05/11 Hooky Bowl near Mt Cashmere, east central WA Cascades One skier in a group of five caught, carried through trees and fatally injured Chris Hunter and Mark Moore Cashmere Mt 3-5-11.pdf
3/04/11 Grouse Ridge, Mt Baker WA One snowboarder caught; victim carried into trees, buried and seriously injured but rescued 

Jeff Hambelton, Patrick Kennedy and Mark Moore

Grouse Ridge Avalanche 3-4-2011.pdf
2/29/11 Private Reserve area,  Mt Hood Meadows OR One skier caught and buried with a hand and ski exposed; recovered within 5 minutes unharmed Joe Sillman and Mark Moore Mt Hood Meadows Private Reserve.pdf
2/01/11 Red Mt, Snoqualmie Pass WA Solo skier triggered cornice collapse and was caught, buried and killed by subsequent fall and loose avalanche Bram Thrift and BARK Red Mtn 2-1-2011.pdf

12/4/10

Morning Star Peak, north-central WA Cascades

One hiker/climber caught, partially buried and killed; dog recovered alive

Oyvind Henningsen Morning Star Pk 12-4-2010.pdf

 

2009 / 2010   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report
4/10/10 Granite Mt, Snoqualmie Pass WA Solo climber caught and buried, dialed 911 with cell phone and was rescued.  Only short incident form available.  Kevin Marston Granite Mt 4-10-10 short form.pdf
4/09/10

Kendall Pk, Snoqualmie Pass WA

Two skiers caught and partially buried, 1 slightly injured, 1 critically injured Dan Otter Kendall Peak 4-9-10.pdf
4/03/10 Mission Ridge, east central WA Cascades Two snowboarders caught, two partially buried, 1 injury Taylor Everett  Mission Ridge 04-03-10.pdf
3/13/10 Mission Ridge, east central WA Cascades Skier triggered wind slab caught 2, partially burying one; no injuries Andrew Hyer Mission Ridge 3-13-2010.pdf

2/28/10

Threeway Peak, Crystal Mt aea, south-central WA Cascades

Solo 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

Ben Wright, Paul Baugher, Chet Mobray and NWAC

Crystal Mountain 2-28-10.pdf

1/02/10

Paulina Peak, central OR Cascades

One solo snowmobiler caught, buried and killed 

Three Sisters BackCountry staff and NWAC

Paulina Peak 1-2-10.pdf

 

2008 / 2009   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report

3/07/09

Aneroid Basin, Wallowas Mtns, NE Oregon

Three skiers caught, two totally buried and one partially buried. One fatality.

Roger Averbeck

Aneroid Basin 3-7-09.pdf

2/25/09

Hogsback Mtn, White Pass WA

One skier caught and completely buried.  Partner rescued the buried skier.

NWAC Harts Pass 12-28-08.pdf

12/30/08

Rockford, eastern WA

 

Resident caught, buried and killed by roof avalanche while shoveling walk and clearing roof

NWAC Hogsback Ridge 2-25-09.pdf

12/28/08

Tatie Peak, near Harts Pass, northern WA Cascades

One snowmobiler caught, buried and killed while high-marking

Larry Goldie, Mark Moore

Rockford WA 12-30-08.pdf

 

2007 / 2008   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report
2/07/08

Kahler Glen near Lake Wenatchee  north central WA Cascades

A large natural avalanche mostly destroyed a home in the Kahler Glen development just above the Kahler Glen Golf Course

Mark Moore, Mike & Joanne Stanford and John Meriwether

Kahler Glen 2-7-08.pdf
1/04/08 Lake Twenty-two trail near Mt Pilchuck, north-central WA Cascades Eight hikers caught, partially buried one and completely buried three with one fatality Mark Moore and Oyvind Henningsen Lake 22 1-4-08.pdf

1/01/08

Excelsior Pass below Church Mt, northern WA Cascades

Five snowmobilers high marking triggered large slab. Five caught, one partially buried, two completely buried and killed  Mark Moore and Bellingham Mountain Rescue Excelsior Pass 1-1-08.pdf

12/18/07

Edith Creek, Mt Rainier National Park, WA

Two 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.

Chris Morin Mt. Rainier Edith Creek.pdf

12/1-2/07

Union 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.

Paul Baugher, Chris Morin, and Mark Moore

Union Creek 12-02-07.pdf

12/02/07

Crystal Mt, south central WA Cascades

Two ski patrollers caught, 1 totally buried, 1 mostly buried and able to self extricate then rescue partner

Paul Baugher

Crystal Mountain 12-2-07.pdf

12/02/07

Snow/Source Lake Trail, Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Three hikers caught, 1 partly buried, injured & self rescued, 2 completely buried and killed

Rob Gibson, Mark Moore

12-02-07 Source Lake.pdf

 

 

2006 / 2007   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report

2/25/07

Clark Canyon, Mt Hood Meadows OR

 

Two skiers caught, 1 partly buried & self rescued, 1 completely buried and rescued by companions

Tighe Stoyanoff, Adam Wagner and Mark Moore

Clark Canyon 2-25-07.pdf
2/24/07 Park Place, Mt Rainier WA One skier caught, buried and killed

Paul Baugher, Chet Mowbray, Ben Wright and Mark Moore

Park Place 2-24-07.pdf

 

2005 / 2006   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report
4/18/06

Mt Herman, near Mt Baker WA

One skier caught and killed in Stoneman's chute

Kenny Kramer, Mark Moore, Herb Long and Duncan Howat Mt Herman 04-18-06.pdf
3/19/06

Tiffany Mt,  east northern WA Cascades

Two snomobilers caught, one partly buried and injured, one buried and killed Larry Goldie and Mark Moore Tiffany Mountain 3-19-06.pdf
1/16/06 Terrible Traverse near Mt Hood OR Three skiers caught and partially buried

Jim Minick

Terrible Traverse 1-15-06.pdf
11/08/05 Mt Baker WA 

One snowboarder caught and totally buried; found alive by rescuers

Mark Moore Mt.Baker 11-08-05.pdf
11/05/05 Table Mountain near Mt Baker WA One snowboarder caught and totally buried; found alive by rescuers Mark Moore, Andy Sahlfeld and Matt Bowen Table Mountain 11-5-05.pdf

 

2004 / 2005   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report

1/12/05

Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass WA

Two skiers caught and buried/partially buried-- one killed and one self rescued Garth Ferber

Alpental_01_12_2005.pdf

10/24/04 Ingraham Glacier, Mt Rainier WA Two climbers caught and buried -- one killed and one self rescued Glenn Kessler

Mt. Rainier Ingraham Glacier 10-24-04.pdf

 

2003 / 2004   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report
6/13/04

Liberty Ridge, Mt Rainier WA 

Two climbers caught, buried and killed

Glenn Kessler

Mt. Rainier Liberty Ridge 06-13-04.pdf

4/26/04

Mt Baker WA 

Snowboarder caught and killed

NWAC Mt.Baker 04-26-04.pdf
3/07/04 Morse Creek, Crystal Mt, south-central WA Cascades Two skiers partially buried, both self-rescued

Corey Meador

Morse Creek Accident.pdf
3/5-6/04 Crystal Springs near Stampede Pass and Salmon la Sac, central WA Cascades Two separate snowmobiling accidents involving highmarking; one resulting in two injured and one resulting in a fatality NWAC Snowmobile accidents 3-5/6-04.pdf

1/31/04

Lake Ann, Alpine Lakes, central WA Cascades Two snowmobilers completely buried and rescued

Stephen Carter

Lake Ann 1-31-04.pdf

12/17/03

Navajo Peak, Blewett Pass, east central WA Cascades One snowmobiler caught, buried and killed

Mark Moore and Taylor Everett

Blewett Pass 12-17-03.pdf
12/13/03 Snoqualmie Pass WA One snowshoer caught, buried and killed.  Victim found 12/20/03

Jon Barker and Paul Schuster

Alpental Patrol Accident.pdf

12/12/03

Mt Baker WA

3 completely buried, 2 recovered alive (after ~24 hour burial), 1 fatality

Garth Ferber and Mark Moore

Mt.Baker 12-12-03.pdf

 

2002 / 2003   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report

3/29/03

Granite Mt, Snoqualmie Pass WA

One skier caught, partly buried, seriously injured

Garth Ferber

Granite Mountain 3-29-03.pdf

3/07/03

Mt Hood Meadows OR

One snowboarder caught, completely buried, and rescued alive

Asa Mueller

Mt Hood Meadows 3-07-03.pdf

1/12/03

Golden Gate, Paradise, Mt Rainier WA

Two snowshoers caught, partially buried and dug out

Dan Van Cise

Golden Gate Trail 1-01-03.pdf

12/29/02

Cement Basin, Crystal Mt, south central WA Cascades Seven caught, three partially buried, one totally buried, one fatality, one injured

Mark Moore, Paul Baugher and Dan Hudson

Cement Basin 12-29-02.pdf

 

2001 / 2002   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report

3/10/02

Granite Mt, Snoqualmie Pass WA

One skier caught and buried, rescued by partner

John Stimberis

Granite Mountain 03-10-02.pdf

1/27/02

Gold Creek, Snoqualmie Pass WA

One snowshoer caught, buried and rescued by own dog

John Stimberis

Gold Creek 1-27-02.pdf

1/24/02

Source Lake, Snoqualmie Pass WA

Two overnight campers caught while in tent, both self-rescued without major injuries

John Stimberis

Source Lake.pdf

1/21/02

Skyline Ridge, Stevens Pass WA

Five skiers and snowboarders caught; four partial burials and one complete burial; two injuries

Shane West Skyline Ridge 1-21-02.pdf
1/20/02 Tunnel Creek, Stevens Pass WA Group of snowboarders caught and carried; one injured and evacuated Evan Woods Tunnel Creek 01-24-02.pdf

11/24/01

Paradise, Mt Rainier WA

Two boarders, one caught and completely buried and rescued by partner

Luke Edgar

Mt. Rainier Paradise 11-24-01.pdf

 

2000 / 2001   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report

4/11/01

Mt Baker WA

One snowmobiler caught, buried and killed

Brandon Weathermon

Mt Baker 4-11-01.pdf

2/17/01

Lake Ann, Alpine Lakes, central WA Cascades 

One snowmobiler caught, buried and killed

John Stimberis

Lake Ann 02-17-01.pdf

2/17/01

Crystal Mt, south central WA Cascades

One skier caught, swept through trees, partially buried with serious injuries

Chet Mowbray

Crystal Mtn employee housing.pdf

2/03/01

Crystal Mt, south central WA Cascades

One ski patroller caught, swept through trees and partially buried, minor injuries

Brent Okita

Crystal Mtn Kempers 2-03-01.pdf

1/29/01

Twin Lakes, Stevens Pass area WA

Two snowshoers caught, one partially buried, one buried and presumed dead

Joanne Stanford

Twin Lakes 1-29-01.pdf

1/30/01

Alpental, Snoqualmie Pass WA

One patroller caught, totally buried and rescued

Rob Gibson

Alpental 1-30-01.pdf

 

1999 / 2000   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report

2/02/00

Government Meadows, Central WA Cascades

Two snowmobilers caught and totally buried. One self-rescued, second rescued after 5 hours with injuries

NWAC and Doug Blanchard

Government Meadows 2-02-00.pdf

1/19/00

Mt Herman, northern WA Cascades

One skier caught and partially buried, recovered by party members.  Victim was airlifted for serious injuries by Army rescue helicopter

Mark Moore and Josh Evans Mt Herman 1-19-00.pdf

1/16/00

East Peak, Crystal Mt, south central WA Cascades

One skier caught, partially buried and injured, rescued by ski area employee

Chet Mowbray and Mark Moore

East Peak Ted Buttress 1-16-00.pdf
1/16/00 Crystal Mt, south central WA Cascades Two skiers in closed ski area, one skier caught, completely buried and died Paul Baugher and Mark Moore Crystal Mtn 1-16-09.pdf

 

1998 / 1999   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report
2/14/99

Shuksan Arm, Mt Baker WA

One snowboarder and one skier caught, buried and killed by large slab in Rumble Gully

Brandon Weathermon and Mark Moore

Shuksan Arm 2-14-99.pdf
1998-99 Accident Summary

Pacific Northwest 

Multiple Incidents Mark Moore NW Accident Summary 1998-99.pdf

 

1997 / 1998   Accident Summaries

Date Location Incident Description Submitted by Full Report
1/18/98

Lion Rock near Blewett Pass, central WA Cascades

One snowmobiler caught, buried and killed while highmarking

Mark Moore

Blewett Pass 1-18-98.pdf
5/31/98

Mt Hood, OR

Three 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

Glenn Kessler and NWAC

Mt Hood 5-31-98.pdf