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Two Colorado avalanche mitigation workers injured in blast

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Two workers helping mitigate the risk of avalanches on a Colorado mountain pass were injured on Monday when a mortar shell used to trigger controlled snow slides to prevent larger ones exploded prematurely, officials said. The accident occurred just after sunrise on Loveland Pass, a high snow slide area where five snowboarders were killed last April in an avalanche, said Tony Devito, a regional director with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Two Colorado avalanche mitigation workers injured in blast

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Two workers helping mitigate the risk of avalanches on a Colorado mountain pass were injured on Monday when a mortar shell used to trigger controlled snow slides to prevent larger ones exploded prematurely, officials said. The accident occurred just after sunrise on Loveland Pass, a high snow slide area where five snowboarders were killed last April in an avalanche, said Tony Devito, a regional director with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Two killed in avalanche at Sochi Olympic ski resort

Russian authorities on Monday reimposed an avalanche warning for the mountain resort used to host the Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games events, after an avalanche killed two women in the area at the weekend. The avalanche hit the Rosa Khutor complex used for the Olympic and Paralympic Alpine events, killing a teenage girl and a woman, at around noon on Sunday, regional investigators said Monday.

Expert urges people to check avalanche forecasts after eight deaths in one week

REVELSTOKE, B.C. - An avalanche expert says the deaths of eight people this month in the mountains of British Columbia and Alberta is especially heartbreaking because there is so much information available warning of the danger. The people who have died since March 8 range from snowmobilers, backcountry skiers, hikers and snowshoers to a father and son who were buried while tobogganing within sight of the Chateau Lake Louise luxury hotel.

Snowmobiler in B.C. dies after being caught by avalanche; 2nd snowmobiler survives

NELSON, B.C. - One man is dead following an avalanche in British Columbia near Kooteney Glacier Provincial Park between Nelson and Cranbrook. Nelson Search and Rescue Manager Lou Coletti says two snowmobilers were swept away by the avalanche on Tuesday. He says one rider was buried while the other managed to get down to Gray Creek to call for help at about 2:30 p.m. Kimberley Search and Rescue says they dug the snowmobiler out of the snow after three to four hours but he died on the way to hospital. The names and ages of the two men have not yet been released.

Snowmobiler trapped in Colorado avalanche

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An avalanche tore down a southwestern Colorado mountainside on Wednesday burying five snowmobilers, one of whom remained unaccounted for, in a winter season that has already left at least 19 people dead, authorities said. The group set out from the town of Mancos and were snowmobiling in the rugged San Juan Mountains in the western state's remote Four Corners area when the slide occurred at an elevation of 10,500 feet, Montezuma County Undersheriff Lynda Carter said.

Avalanche tears through Colorado slope, killing skier

DENVER (Reuters) - A backcountry skier died in an avalanche in southern Colorado on Tuesday, bringing to 19 the number of people killed by snow slides in U.S. states this winter, authorities said. The skier, who was not identified, was crossing slopes near Conejos Peak, 280 miles southwest of Denver, when the accident occurred at an elevation of 11,700 feet, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said in a statement.

Montana woman dies of injuries from avalanche that destroyed her home

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A woman buried alive with her husband by an avalanche that roared down a mountainside and swallowed their house in Missoula, Montana, late last week has died of her injuries, police said on Monday. Michel Colville, 68, a textile artist, and her husband, Fred Allendorf, 66, a professor emeritus at the nearby University of Montana campus, were trapped and missing in the snow for hours before they were rescued on Friday evening.

Snowboarder may have caused Montana avalanche that injured three

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An avalanche that destroyed a house and injured three people in Missoula, Montana, may have been inadvertently triggered by a snowboarder riding a mountain slope that was closed for recreational use, federal authorities said on Saturday. The avalanche on Friday roared down Mount Jumbo and through a neighborhood northeast of downtown Missoula, several blocks from the University of Montana.

Snowboarder may have caused Montana avalanche that injured three

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An avalanche that destroyed a house and injured three people in Missoula, Montana, may have been inadvertently triggered by a snowboarder riding a mountain slope that was closed for recreational use, federal authorities said on Saturday. The avalanche on Friday roared down Mount Jumbo and through a neighborhood northeast of downtown Missoula, several blocks from the University of Montana.
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