Avalanche warning for Mount Rainier, Cascades

WINTERSPORTS -- It's spring, but wintery conditions still have a hold on the Cascades. The National Weather Service is warning of avalanches on the west slopes of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon Thursday morning because of heavy snow and rain in the mountains. Forecasters...

MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014

Kootenay Pass avalanche fatality latest in spike of bad news

WINTER SPORTS -- Several blog posts last week as well as my Sunday Outdoors section report about recent storms, unstable snow conditions and a spike in avalanche fatalities were both prophetic and out of date. At least two more snow-goers died in Inland Northwest avalanches...

THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2014

Video details killer avalanche near Ketchum

WINTER SPORTS -- The avalanche that killed a snowmobiler last weekend near Ketchum -- while a woman survived even though she'd been buried for 90 minutes -- is detailed in his video report from Sawtooth Avalanche Center. It's short, instructive and worth watching in this...

Huge Canada avalanche prompts warnings

WINTER SPORTS -- Recent weather is creating hazards. Be careful out there. Massive avalanche in B.C. prompts warnings there and in Alberta The Canadian Avalanche Centre issued a high-hazard warning for British Columbia and Alberta after learning of a massive slide on Wednesday near Fernie,...

TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

Avalanche fatalities spike as new snow piles in mountains

WINTER SPORTS -- Snow that piled up in Western mountains after snow-drought conditions in January has created hazards that have caused a spike in avalanche fatalities among skiers and snowmobilers. The nine deaths from avalanches across the Western U.S. in the past 11 days have...


Avalanche report: danger not apparent to victims

WINTER SPORTS -- The avalanche that killed a snowmobiler riding in the Gallatin Mountains on New Year’s Day – the first Montana avalanche death in more than a year – was somewhat of an anomaly, according to an expert that spoke with the Billings Gazette....

THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Video captures snowmobiler rescue from avalanche

WINTER SPORTS -- In a dramatic event caught on video, a snowmobiler coming down a hill at Stampede Pass in the Cascades was buried by an avalanche but, luckily for him, friends were nearby and quickly responded to dig him out in time to save...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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