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‘It’s just overtaking me’: Those who survived the deadly Silver Mountain avalanche say it offers painful lessons

The storm formed off Canada’s west coast, north of Seattle, in early January. It was a typical winter storm in the Pacific Northwest: heavy precipitation first, followed by a front …

Loved ones remember how 3 killed in Silver Mountain avalanche sought adventure, spread goodwill

As thousands of pounds of snow swept down Silver Mountain Resort in January, the avalanche plucked up the souls of three people who, in many aspects, couldn’t have been more …

Competitive snowmobiler killed in Idaho avalanche

Authorities have recovered the body of a competitive snowmobiler who was buried in an avalanche in southeastern Idaho.

Avalanche in Turkey wipes out rescue team; 38 dead overall

An avalanche slammed into a mountain road in eastern Turkey on Wednesday, wiping out a huge team of rescue workers sent to find people missing in an earlier avalanche. Officials …

Seattle ice climber dies in avalanche in southwest Colorado

Authorities say a Seattle woman was killed in an ice climbing accident in southwest Colorado.

Sheriff: 1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Lake Tahoe avalanche

At least one person has died and another was seriously injured Friday in an avalanche at a Northern California ski resort, authorities said.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Skiers triggered deadly Silver Mountain avalanche despite best efforts of ski patrol, preliminary investigation says

A deadly inbounds avalanche was triggered by skiers despite the best efforts of the mountain’s ski patrol to mitigate the danger, according to a preliminary report.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Silver Mountain to be closed Wednesday to help employees

Silver Mountain ski area will be closed Wednesday to give its employees a chance to recuperate in the aftermath of last week’s deadly avalanche.

How do resorts try to prevent avalanches like the one that took three lives in Idaho this week? It’s complicated

Every morning in ski resorts across the world, patrollers do what they can to mitigate the inherent dangers of a mountain environment.

From mining towns to ski resorts, avalanches have killed dozens in North Idaho mountains

“The Coeur d’Alenes face this menace of snowslides nearly every winter,” read one Spokesman-Review story in 1937. “There have been many slides through the years, most of them claiming some …

Know before you go: Avalanche education vital for all winter recreationists

All the high-tech gear in the world might not save your life in an avalanche.


The tragedy on Silver Mountain is a reminder of the high risks involved – and the importance of preparing for what you hope never happens.

RECCO technology helped find final avalanche victim, but avalanche beacons remain king

After nearly two days of searching, the body of a third avalanche victim was found using a radar emitter slung from the bottom of a helicopter.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

‘Am I allowed to have this fun?’: Silver Mountain reopens after deadly avalanche with a mix of emotions

The line to get lift tickets to Silver Mountain on Friday, the first day the resort was open since three people died in an avalanche Tuesday, stretched nearly to the …

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

Neurosurgeon is third avalanche victim found at Silver Mountain

A neurosurgeon working on a pediatric fellowship in Portland has been identified as the third person killed in an avalanche this week at Silver Mountain.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Helicopter locates body of third skier killed in Silver Mountain avalanche; resort to reopen Friday

Silver Mountain Resort was closed again Thursday as search efforts continue for a skier reported missing after an avalanche that claimed two lives on Tuesday.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

‘Am I really alive?’: Man buried for 50 minutes recalls rescue from Silver Mountain avalanche

When the avalanche first caught Bill Fuzak, he fought to stay on top of the roiling mass. First by trying to kick off his skis. Then by using his arms …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Spokane-area skiers killed in Silver Mountain avalanche remembered as search for missing person continues

While friends and family mourned two longtime Silver Mountain skiers killed in an avalanche at the ski area Tuesday morning, the search for another skier reported missing by family Wednesday …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Deadly inbounds avalanche at Silver Mountain highlights danger, complexity of mountains

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. …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Two skiers killed, five rescued in aftermath of Silver Mountain avalanche

Five skiers were rescued and two died in Tuesday morning avalanches that swept down on two inbounds ski runs on Silver Mountain.

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

Hidden Mother Brewery creates limited-quantity ‘Jcurrency IPA’ in honor of Jess Roskelley

The Hidden Mother Brewery in Spokane Valley has brewed a limited-quantity beer to honor the late Spokane mountain climber Jess Roskelley in conjunction with his family and friends, and the …

States turn to drones to predict avalanches, spot wildlife

In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick …

UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019

Climbers mourn Roskelley’s death, raise money for his family

A downtown Spokane event to support local climbing routes turned into an evening of remembrances Sunday as attendees raised money to support the family of Spokane climber Jess Roskelley, who …

UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019

Spokane climber Jess Roskelley missing and presumed killed by avalanche in Canadian Rockies; David Lama, Hansjorg Auer also presumed dead

Spokane climber Jess Roskelley, 36, was attempting to climb a difficult route over the past two weeks on Howse Peak in Banff National Park with Austrian climbers David Lama and …

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019

Man killed in eastern Idaho avalanche

Authorities say one person has died after an avalanche in eastern Idaho near the Wyoming border Friday afternoon.

Avalanche, accidents add snow-related deaths in Europe

Heavy snowfall this week in the Balkans has closed down schools, left some remote villages cut off and disrupted traffic and power supplies in the region, while authorities in Bulgaria …

Winter storm blasts Europe; 13 dead amid heavy snow, gusts

Deadly winter weather blasted Europe for yet another day Tuesday, trapping hundreds of people in Alpine regions, whipping up high winds that caused flight cancellations and increasing the risks of …

Reader photo: Rip, rip, roar goes the avalanche

Submit your own outdoors-related photographs for a chance to be published in our weekly print edition.

UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018

Six avalanche deaths in two weeks highlight need for safe backcountry travel

Over the past two weeks, six people have died in avalanches in Washington State.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018

Missing snowshoers killed in avalanche near Snoqualmie Pass

Authorities say two teenagers who went missing during a snowshoeing trip near Snoqualmie Pass were killed in an avalanche.