CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2019/03/09 - Alaska - Near Crescent Lake, Kenai Peninsula

Published 2019/03/11 by Spencer Logan - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Near Crescent Lake, Kenai Peninsula
  • State: Alaska
  • Date: 2019/03/09
  • Time: Unknown
  • Summary Description: 1 backcountry tourer caught and killed
  • Primary Activity: Backcountry Tourer
  • Primary Travel Mode: Snowboard

Number

  • Caught: 0
  • Fully Buried: 1
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 1

Avalanche

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  • Trigger: --
  • Trigger (subcode): --
  • Size - Relative to Path: --
  • Size - Destructive Force: --
  • Sliding Surface: --

Site

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  • Site Elevation: --
  • Slope Angle: --
  • Slope Characteristic: --

Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY: An avalanche caught and buried a backcountry snowboarder. His two companions recovered him from under 6 feet of avalanche debris and performed CPR, but he did not survive. One companion returned to the trailhead where he had cell phone coverage and called authorities around 6:30 PM. Search and Rescue recovered the body at 8:15 PM.

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