Special to the Daily/Brad OdekirkAn inbounds avalanche at Arapahoe Basin claimed the life of a 53-year-old skier Friday morning on the Pali Face.Summit County Search and Rescue personnel and Arapahoe Basin ski patrol were called off the mountain due to unstable conditions and will resume a search mission early this morning. That amounts to 24 percent of all inbounds avalanche deaths since 1950, according to records maintained by the CAIC -- or double what the average … Inbounds avalanches — like the one Thursday that swept down Taos’ Kachina Peak and killed a 26-year-old skier and critically injured another — are very rare at U.S ski resorts. To report an accident contact your local avalanche center. Please see avalanche.org for older reports.
Information regarding US avalanche fatalities prior to the 2009-2010 season are not in the CAIC's operational database. Please use the data displayed here in conjunction with the following citation: Colorado Avalanche Information Center, US Avalanche Accident Reports, [url], [date accessed]. “Of all of the avalanche fatalities occurring in the U.S. only three percent occur inbounds,” says David Byrd, Director of Risk and Regulatory Affairs at the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). Unlike more routine backcountry avalanche deaths, … Last winter’s fatalities cap a five-year run of increasing avalanche deaths at resorts.
In 2006, a skier died in a slide on closed terrain at Snowmass. Wardner Peak, the site of an inbounds avalanche Tuesday that killed two people and injured five more, is a 6,200-foot feature on the western edge of Idaho’s Silver Mountain resort. But while between 1951 and 1979, roughly 10 percent of all U.S. avalanche deaths occurred inbounds, by 1994 that inbounds number had dropped to 1.3 percent—which, even though it … In 2005, inbounds slides killed a snowboarder at Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Park and a skier at Arapahoe Basin. But fatal in-area avalanches do happen, with a handful of examples at resorts across the West in … As is always the case with inbounds avalanche fatalities, the news was both tragic and shocking. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) maintains the database of record on avalanche deaths in the United States.