A snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche near the Nelchina Glacier in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska yesterday, according to the Chugach National Forecast Avalanche Information Center (CNFAIC).
“It’s with great sadness that we report another avalanche fatality in Alaska today. A snowmachiner in the Eureka area was caught, carried and killed. We hope to have more info tomorrow but in the meantime, reports from the Eureka area is that the snowpack is extremely touchy with several remote triggers and close calls in the last few days.” – Chugach National Forecast Avalanche Information Center
The avalanche was reportedly near the Eureka Lodge, 122 miles east of Anchorage, AK on Highway 1.
Alaska State Troopers report that two snowmobilers were caught in the avalanche and one died. The troopers responded by snowmobile and helicopter. The deceased man’s body was taken by helicopter. No one else was injured.
“Information was received that two (people) on snowmachine were caught in an avalanche and were unaccounted for. Troopers responded by snow-machine from Eureka Lodge. After picking up a trooper spotter at Eureka Lodge, Helo 2 [helicopter] responded to the scene and recovered the body of one deceased male. Due to hazardous conditions Helo 2 loaded the deceased male and quickly departed the area transporting the body to the State Medical Examiner in Anchorage” – Alaska State Troopers
This was the 21st avalanche death in the USA this year including 12 in January alone. 3 have died in avalanches in Alaska this winter and that total will likely rise to 4 when the doctor mentioned below is accounted for.
Last winter, the USA saw only 11 avalanche deaths.
There have been 8 avalanche deaths in Canada this year including 2 killed in separate avalanches near Golden, B.C. last week.