Accidents and Near Miss

Avalanche Accidents and Near-Miss Incidents in Alaska

As backcountry recreation has increased, the number of avalanche accidents has also increased. This list has been compiled from the American Avalanche AssociationColorado Avalanche Information Center,  Alaska Outdoor Fatalities website, and Snowy Torrents.

Please see the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s site for a listing of charts and graphs organized by state, activity, user group, age, and burial depths of documented accidents in the United States.

fatalities by state

If you have a close-call or accident, please report it to us using the form below so others may learn from your situation.  If you wish to keep the details unpublished, we respect that, please still let us know. The conditions that caused your close-call could kill someone else.

2015-2016 season: 6 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

  • 20160411 Hoodoo Mtns, Eastern Alaska Range.1 snowmachiner buried and killed.
  • 20160403 Hoodoo Mtns, Eastern Alaska Range. 2 snowmachiners caught, 1 killed.
  • 20160327 Canwell Glacier, Summit Lake. 13 buried, recovered with minor injuries
  • 20160305 Thompson Pass, partial burial. Personal account <here>
  • 20160227 Northern Chugach, Eureka, Sylvester glacier, next to Nelchina Glacier, 2 involved, 1 snowmachiner killed <article here><news story here><photo><accident site>
  • 20160225 Harp Mountain, south fork Eagle River. Human triggered avalanche buried 1 dog, presumed killed <Read more>
  • 20160116 Hatcher Pass. 1 snowboarder caught and killed <here>
  • 20160102 Willow side of Hatcher Pass snowmachine fatality. ADN article.
  • 20151129 Summit Lake area near miss, full burial survivor <here>
  • 20151122 Hatcher Pass missing skier, presumed killed in avalanche <here>
  • 20151114 Summit Lake area near miss, full burial survivor
  • 20151107 O’Malley Peak near-miss
  • 20151106 Hatch Peak partial burial near-miss
  • 20160104 Chugach Front Range: size D2 human triggered wind slab between Peaks 3-4, 1 dog and 1 human caught and carried, no injuries or fatalities, near miss. Read More or Even more

2014-2015 season: 3 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2013-2014 season: 1 FATALITY IN ALASKA

2012-2013 season: 1 FATALITY IN ALASKA

2011-2012 season: 6 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2010-2011 season: 6 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2009-2010 season: 5 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2008-2009 season: 2 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2007-2008 season: 4 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2006-2007 season: 2 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2005-2006 season: 4 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2004-2005 season: 1 FATALITY IN ALASKA

2003-2004 season: 3 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2002-2003 season: 4 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2001-2002 season: 11 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

2000-2001 season: 4 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

1999-2000 season: 5 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

1998-1999 season: 12 FATALITIES IN ALASKA

The following are older incomplete records:

1997-1998 season:

1996-1997 season:

  • 19970411 Snowmachine fatality, cornice failure Gakona Glacier
  • 1996 Alaska Range, 3 climber fatalities

1996-1997 season:

1993-1994 season:

1992-1993 season:

1991-1992 season:

1990-1991 season:

1988-1989 season:

1984-1985 season:

1983-1984 season:

  • 198404 Eagle Peak, 1 ski fatality

1978-1979 season:

  • 19790509 Mt.Hunter, 1 climber fatality

1977-1978 season:

  • 19780530 Mt.Foraker, 2 climber fatalities
  • 19780121 Taylor Pass near Turnagain, 4 skier fatalities

1976-1977 season:

  • 19770208 Valdez Oil Terminal, 1 equipment operator killed in roofslide
  • 19761212 Sheep Mountain, 1 snowshoe fatality

1974-1975 season:

  • 19750510 20 Mile River near Portage, 1 hunter fatality

1973-1974 season:

  • 19740201 Thane Road MP 3, Juneau, 1 equipment operator fatality. Unknown equipment operator killed clearing avalanche debris by a secondary avalanche

1951-1952 season:

  • 19520509 Bird Hill on Seward Highway, 1 traveler fatality

1919-1920 season:

  • 19200428 Alaska Railroad Mile 76 Turnagain Arm, 3 worker fatalities

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