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Current Totals:   Reports Posted This Season - 59 ;  Fatalities Posted This Season - 77 ;  Reports in Database: 1980

NEW - Spring Avalanche Lists - Information and indexes for spring avalanche incidents by country, activity, etc. We use this information and some case studies in our Online Climbers Avalanche Course which is for spring. Hopefully that course will help keep people off of these lists!

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Current Years Snow Avalanche Incidents:

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We only list the most recently added avalanche incidents here on the front section page. They may not be chronological, they are generally added to the top whenever we create the report file. All other incidents since October 1998 can be located using the search page. All 2020-21 incidents other than the ones below are now available on that search page!

Due to a lack of resources we are behind on archiving some incidents from the last few years. Many are listed on our working archive page. Help support our public archive and other work.

Search All (or most) Incident Reports (Since Oct 1, 1998)                                                      
View Report Advisory Fatalities Date State/Country Location Activity
REPORT:     Apr 04 Alaska-US Neacola Mountains Climbing
REPORT:   FATALITIES: - 14 Mar 04 Afghanistan Badakhshan (NE) Mining
REPORT:   FATALITIES: - 3 Jan 08 Russia Norilsk Ski Area Cottage

Incident Reports Posted for 2020-2021: 58
Reported Fatalities for 2020-2021: 77

Incidents from seasons prior to October 1998:

     (Seasons run Oct 1 through Sept 30)

All incidents since October 1, 1998 can be found using the search form.

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Grief and Loss Resources

After a close call, or one by a friend or family member, Critical Incident Stress may occur. Additional useful information is available from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Snow Avalanche Statistics

This section has graphs and links to graphs concerning avalanche accident statistics. These are old and go back to November 2002.

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