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Snow, cold, avalanche debris continue to challenge Glacier opening

Snow, cold, avalanche debris continue to challenge Glacier opening

WEST GLACIER – With 1 to 2 feet of new snow predicted above 6,500 feet in the next couple of days – even as snowplow crews work overtime tackling an 80-foot drift near 6,646-foot Logan Pass – Glacier National Park officials say they can’t yet say when Going-to-the-Sun Road will fully open.

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Slide triggers questions: Butte lacks avalanche center, but experts say it’s up to skiers to stay safe

BUTTE — The weekend rescue operation for four skiers on Red Mountain is raising new questions about avalanche safety in the Butte area, a region that lacks a specific agency to turn to for avalanche danger ratings.

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Wyoming cameraman details deadly day on Everest

JACKSON, Wyo. — When John Griber heard the roaring sound of an avalanche at around 6:30 a.m. April 18, he wasn't too concerned.

May 13, 2014 2:55 pmLoading…
Missoula's Rattlesnake neighborhood healing after deadly avalanche

Missoula's Rattlesnake neighborhood healing after deadly avalanche

MISSOULA — “It’s a funny little street, this part of Harrison.”

May 11, 2014 4:50 pm Photos

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Anaconda man dies in avalanche

BUTTE — An Anaconda man died after being caught in a backcountry avalanche.

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Mount Jumbo avalanche

Mount Jumbo avalanche

The corner of Van Buren and Holly streets was a scene of devastation as first responders, neighbors and volunteers showed up to aid in the search. The avalanche appeared to come down a ravine on Mount Jumbo.

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Lower Rattlesnake community planting aims to heal after avalanche

Lower Rattlesnake community planting aims to heal after avalanche

MISSOULA — This year, flowers and shrubs will grow along the boulevard on part of Van Buren Street, a major gateway to the Rattlesnake Valley.

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No criminal charges to be filed in connection with Mount Jumbo avalanche

No criminal charges to be filed in connection with Mount Jumbo avalanche

MISSOULA — No criminal charges will be filed against anyone connected with triggering a fatal avalanche off the west face of Mount Jumbo on Feb. 28.

April 14, 2014 4:26 pm Photos

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Missoula police: Don't charge snowboarder who caused Mount Jumbo avalanche

Missoula police: Don't charge snowboarder who caused Mount Jumbo avalanche

MISSOULA — Missoula police are recommending against filing any charges against the snow enthusiasts who caused Mount Jumbo’s avalanche in February — burying three people and resulting in the death of one woman, Missoula City Attorney Jim Nugent said Thursday.

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A bouquet of flowers

A bouquet of flowers

A bouquet of flowers sits at the site in memory of Michel Colville, who died from injuries suffered in the avalanche.

April 03, 2014 2:07 pmLoading…
Steve Karkanen, director of the West Central Montana Avalanche Center

Steve Karkanen, director of the West Central Montana Avalanche Center

Steve Karkanen, director of the West Central Montana Avalanche Center, assesses further avalanche danger on Mount Jumbo in the days after the fatal slide in the Rattlesnake neighborhood.

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Missoula avalanche center seeks more stable funding

Missoula avalanche center seeks more stable funding

MISSOULA — The West Central Montana Avalanche Center has hung up its shovels for the 2013-14 season, but its advocates are already searching for future help after a budget-stretching year.

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Mountain snow status is unpredictable, very dangerous

Mountain snow status is unpredictable, very dangerous

There’s a Canadian field guide written for travel in avalanche terrain that doesn’t mess around when it describes what’s known as deep slab instability — when an unstable layer of snow is buried deep in the snowpack.

March 27, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Wild ride

Wild ride

This human-triggered slide occurred near Daisy Pass north of Cooke City on March 15. The slide was triggered by a snowmobiler who climbed the slope, turned and was on his way down. He deployed his flotation device and was shot out the toe of the debris with his sled.

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Retreat

Retreat

The circle shows location of a snow pit used to check conditions on a south-facing slope in the northern Bridger Mountains. Because the stability tests were inconclusive on a layer of depth hoar found 1 foot off the ground, the skiers chose to avoid the slope. 

March 26, 2014 1:00 pmLoading…
Missoula skier was checking snow when avalanche killed him

Missoula skier was checking snow when avalanche killed him

MISSOULA — Peter Maxwell of Missoula was doing what avalanche experts advise backcountry recreationists to do – gather as much information as possible about the snowpack before committing to an activity – when he triggered the avalanche northeast of Philipsburg that killed him last week.

March 18, 2014 12:17 pmLoading…
Report reveals details of Cooke City avalanche death

Report reveals details of Cooke City avalanche death

The mountains around Cooke City were lethal last week.

March 18, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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Debris field

Debris field

The debris field from this fatal avalanche was roughly 900 feet by 400 feet, about 8 acres. This photo shows about one-third of the debris.

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500-foot drop

500-foot drop

The snowmobiler was recovered here near the toe of the debris. Crown Butte mountain is in the background. The rider was not wearing a beacon and was found with a probe strike more than an hour after being buried.

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Mountain fatal

Mountain fatal

The locations of the three riders when the avalanche released are shown by the red Xs. Dashed lines with arrows show the direction of travel and the escape route used by the two riders who were climbing when the avalanche occurred. The victim, Zach Junkermeier, was stopped and unable to escape.

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