Avalanche Fatalities in the US

Karl Birkeland recently reviewed all of the avalanche fatalities in the US for the last 20 seasons. This review led Karl to conclude that the avalanche fatality trend has been flat for the last 22 years.
To quote Karl, “Would it surprise you if I told you that since that 1994/95 winter the annual number of U.S. avalanche fatalities has not increased? That’s right, for the past 22 seasons as we’ve transitioned to smart phones, social media, lightweight AT gear, powerful snowmobiles, and a literal explosion in backcountry use, the number of seasonal U.S. avalanche fatalities have remained steady.”
Curious about what else he found? Check out the article here:

Related Posts


Stio Fernos Insulated Jacket Review

The Stio Fernos Insulated Jacket is a versatile, stylish, and rugged mid-layer. I’ve worn this jacket whileteaching avalanche courses in

A backcountry skier searches an avalanche debris field using a Mammut Barryvox S Transceiver.

Mammut Barryvox S Beacon Review

Whether I’m ski guiding or leading avalanche safety courses, the Mammut Barryvox S is my favorite avalanche transceiver. I’ve used

a full snow profile test pit requires knowledge of using the different study kit devices for your professional level 2 courses

Learn with American Avalanche Institute

Start Your Adventure

Stay Connected

Enjoy free tips and tricks from professional mountain guides, special offers and updates, and much more.

Subscribe Newsletter