Snow Safety

Three have died in two separate avalanche accidents in the complex terrain of the Willow Creek drainage in the Stevens Peak Backcountry.  On January 16, 2005, two died in the West Fork of the Willow Creek drainage on the slope shown on the right side of this photo, which was taken below Lone Lake. This accident occurred as the party of three descended the steep chutes from the ridge above, when they triggered a large slab avalanche that involved the entire group.

Ironically, the second fatal accident occurred in nearly the same location on April 29, 2006.  While descending the steep chutes from the ridge to the east, a skier triggered a soft snow slide.  The skier was tumbled down the chutes in the avalanche.  The traumatic collisions with rocks and trees were fatal.

Thanks to Kevin Davis of the IPNF Avalanche Center, Mitch Alexander, Shoshone County Sheriff, and Bruce VanBroeke for providing information.

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